Simple Definition of paternal
: of or relating to a father
: related through the father
Full Definition of paternal
1 a : of or relating to a father b : like that of a father <paternal benevolence>
2 : received or inherited from one's male parent
3 : related through one's father <paternal grandfather>
Examples of paternal
He did not neglect his paternal responsibilities after the divorce.
Origin of paternal
Middle English, from Late Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus paternal, from pater
First Known Use: 15th century
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