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paternal

[ puh-tur-nl ]
/ pəˈtɜr nl /
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adjective
characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly: a kind and paternal reprimand.
of or relating to a father.
related on the father's side: one's paternal grandfather.
derived or inherited from a father: paternal traits.
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Origin of paternal

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Old French paternel, from Late Latin paternālis, equivalent to Latin patern(us) “paternal” (pater father + -nus adjective suffix) + -ālis -al1

synonym study for paternal

1. See fatherly.

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British Dictionary definitions for paternal

paternal
/ (pəˈtɜːnəl) /

adjective
relating to or characteristic of a father, esp in showing affection, encouragement, etc; fatherly
(prenominal) related through the fatherhis paternal grandfather
inherited or derived from the male parent

Derived forms of paternal

paternally, adverb

Word Origin for paternal

C17: from Late Latin paternālis, from Latin pater father
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