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paternal

[puh-tur-nl]
adjective
1.
characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly: a kind and paternal reprimand.
2.
of or pertaining to a father.
3.
related on the father's side: one's paternal grandfather.
4.
derived or inherited from a father: paternal traits.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin paternālis, equivalent to Latin patern(us) paternal (pater father + -nus adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1

paternally, adverb
nonpaternal, adjective
nonpaternally, adverb
unpaternal, adjective
unpaternally, adverb


1. See fatherly.
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paternal (pəˈtɜːnəl)
 
adj
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]
 
pa'ternally
 
adv

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paternal
early 15c., from O.Fr. paternal "of a father" (12c.), from M.L. paternalis, from L. paternus "of a father," from pater (see father).
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paternal pa·ter·nal (pə-tûr'nəl)
adj.

  1. Relating to or characteristic of a father or fatherhood.

  2. Received or inherited from a father.

  3. Related through one's father.

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