of, like, or befitting a father.
Obsolete. in the manner of a father.

before 1000; Middle English faderly, Old English fæderlic. See father, -ly

fatherliness, noun
pseudofatherly, adverb
unfatherly, adjective

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)
of, resembling, or suitable to a father

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He joins a college rock band and offers inept fatherly advice to younger
He treated his soldiers with a fatherly affection and respect, but was never
It could be a simple matter of not having as many eyes, particularly suspicious
  fatherly ones, watching over daughters.
Haas, in a fatherly way, shows he's one for the ages.
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