[ puh-ren-tl ]
/ pəˈrɛn tl /


of or relating to a parent.
proper to or characteristic of a parent: parental feelings.
having the relation of a parent
Genetics. pertaining to the sequence of generations preceding the filial generation, each generation being designated by a P followed by a subscript number indicating its place in the sequence.

noun Usually parentals. Also called parental unit.

Informal. one's parent (often preceded by the): I'm headed for a vacation with the parentals.

Origin of parental

1615–25; < Latin parentālis “of, belonging to parents,” equivalent to parent- parent + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for parental


/ (pəˈrɛntəl) /


of or relating to a parent or parenthood
genetics designating the first generation in a line, which gives rise to all succeeding (filial) generations

Derived Forms

parentally, adverb
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Medicine definitions for parental


[ pə-rĕntl ]


Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parent.
Of or designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced.
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