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fatherly

[fah-th er-lee] /ˈfɑ ðər li/
adjective
1.
of, like, or befitting a father.
adverb
2.
Obsolete. in the manner of a father.
Origin of fatherly
1000
before 1000; Middle English faderly, Old English fæderlic. See father, -ly
Related forms
fatherliness, noun
pseudofatherly, adverb
unfatherly, adjective
Synonyms
1. Fatherly, paternal refer to the relationship of a male parent to his children. Fatherly has emotional connotations; it always suggests a kind, protective, tender, or forbearing attitude: fatherly advice. Paternal may suggest a kindly, proprietary attitude: paternal interest; but it may also be used objectively, as a legal and official term: his paternal grandmother; paternal estate.
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fatherly

/ˈfɑːðəlɪ/
adjective
1.
of, resembling, or suitable to a father
Derived Forms
fatherliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fatherly
adj.

Old English fæderlic; see from father (n.) + -ly (1).

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