: of, relating to, or befitting a father <fatherly responsibilities>
: resembling a father (as in affection or care) <a fatherly old man>
— fa·ther·li·ness \-lē-nəs\ noun
— fatherly adverb
Examples of FATHERLY
- He took a fatherly interest in the careers of younger writers.
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