Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
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Word of the Day 07/20/20 Paternal

Paternal (adjective)
paternal [ puh-tur-nl ]
(previously 06-16-13)

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

OTHER WORDS FROM PATERNAL
pa·ter·nal·ly, adverb
non·pa·ter·nal, adjective
non·pa·ter·nal·ly, adverb
un·pa·ter·nal, adjective
un·pa·ter·nal·ly, adverb

WORDS RELATED TO PATERNAL
benevolent, concerned, protective, solicitous, vigilant, patrimonial, patrilineal

SYNONYMS FOR PATERNAL
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1. See fatherly.

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

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