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paternal

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adjective pa·ter·nal \pə-ˈtər-nəl\

Simple Definition of paternal

  • : of or relating to a father

  • : related through the father

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of paternal

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to a father b :  like that of a father <paternal benevolence>

  2. 2 :  received or inherited from one's male parent

  3. 3 :  related through one's father <paternal grandfather>

paternally

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Examples of paternal in a sentence

  1. He did not neglect his paternal responsibilities after the divorce.



Origin and Etymology of paternal

Middle English, from Late Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus paternal, from pater


First Known Use: 15th century


PATERNAL Defined for Kids

paternal

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adjective pa·ter·nal \pə-ˈtər-nəl\

Definition of paternal for Students

  1. 1 :  of or like that of a father :  fatherly <“I wasn't offering it to you, Poliakoff,” snapped Karkaroff, his warmly paternal air vanishing … — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire>

  2. 2 :  related through the father <my paternal cousins>

paternally

adverb


Word Root of paternal

The Latin word pater, meaning “father,” and the Greek word patēr give us the root pater or patr. Anyone or anything paternal, such as an aunt or uncle, is related to one's father. A patriarch is a father and ruler of a family or tribe. A patriot is a person who loves his or her fatherland or country. A patron is a person who gives support and approval for a project or artist, as fathers support and approve of their children.


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