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[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.
Origin of parental
1615-25; < Latin parentālis of, belonging to parents, equivalent to parent- parent + -ālis -al1
Related forms
parentally, adverb
interparental, adjective
nonparental, adjective
nonparentally, adverb
postparental, adjective
unparental, adjective
unparentally, adverb Unabridged
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  • The Disciples are just as evidently an offshoot from the Baptists, as children are an offshoot from the parental stock.

  • A week later the brood is all hatched and the parental troubles begin.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • But he was secretly resolved if Ace drew a bad one, to exercise his parental authority.

    Unexplored! Allen Chaffee
  • I have too, as you know, a very great respect for parental authority.

    Robin Redbreast Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • The presence of parental affection renders impartial judgment impossible.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
British Dictionary definitions for parental


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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Word Origin and History for parental

1620s, from Latin parentalis "of parents," from parens (see parent (n.)). Related: Parentally.

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parental in Medicine

parental pa·ren·tal (pə-rěn'tl)

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parent.

  2. Of or designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced.

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