|1.||relating to or characteristic of a father, esp in showing affection, encouragement, etc; fatherly|
|2.||(prenominal) related through the father: his paternal grandfather|
|3.||inherited or derived from the male parent|
|[C17: from Late Latin paternālis, from Latin pater father]|
paternal pa·ter·nal (pə-tûr'nəl)
Relating to or characteristic of a father or fatherhood.
Received or inherited from a father.
Related through one's father.