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