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.
Origin of paternal
1400–50; late Middle EnglishRelated formspa·ter·nal·ly, adverbnon·pa·ter·nal, adjectivenon·pa·ter·nal·ly, adverbun·pa·ter·nal, adjectiveun·pa·ter·nal·ly, adverb
< Late Latin paternālis,
equivalent to Latin patern(us
) paternal (pater father
adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for paternally
Historical Examples of paternally
"But I shall change your thoughts about the cause," he said paternally.
He said this so solemnly and paternally, it sounded like the eleventh commandment.
"This is not the sort of night for small animals to be out," he said paternally.
“They have to have these dogs in the winter-time, you understand,” said John, paternally.
"My dear child, that isn't the way to chop wood," insisted Bob paternally.
British Dictionary definitions for paternally
Derived Formspaternally, adverb
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
Word Origin for paternal
C17: from Late Latin paternālis, from Latin pater father
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Word Origin and History for paternally
early 15c., from Old French paternal "of a father" (12c.), from Medieval Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus "of a father, fatherly," from pater (see father (n.)).
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Relating to or characteristic of a father or fatherhood.
Received or inherited from a father.
Related through one's father.
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