Definition of paternal
1a : of or relating to a father offered his children some paternal advice paternal responsibilitiesb : like that of a father paternal benevolence
2 : received or inherited from one's male parent lived and worked on his paternal farm
3 : related through one's father paternal grandfather
paternallyplay \pə-ˈtər-nəl-ē\ adverb
Examples of paternal in a Sentence
He did not neglect his paternal responsibilities after the divorce.
Recent Examples of paternal from the Web
To explain the link between mental illness and paternal age, researchers have pointed to the mutations that accumulate in sperm DNA as men get older, which may be inherited by their sons and daughters.
As tiny mutations pop up in a stallion’s Y chromosome, they are inherited by all of its future male progeny, allowing geneticists to trace which males came from which paternal line.
Kinsey's passions are diabetes (Velda has Type 2 diabetes, as do Briana's paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather) and helping young girls overcome their own insecurities.
And the rest of the young students are doing their own dance of desire — mostly just trying to earn his friendship or quasi-paternal attention by giving him reading or fresh green beans, or whatever a preteen imagines might work.
In high school, LaVall moved in with his paternal grandparents, Lloyd and JoAnn Mitchell.
His paternal grandfather, Budd Johnson, was a saxophonist on many jazz and R&B records.
Owen will, of course, be there, along with his entourage — his mom and dad and paternal grandparents as well as an aunt who is flying in special for the event.
The analysis of the recordings by Mascaro and her colleagues, published in Behavioral Neuroscience, a journal of the American Psychological Association, is one component of a larger study about paternal relationships.
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Origin and Etymology of paternal
Middle English, from Late Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus paternal, from pater
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
PATERNAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paternal for English Language Learners
: of or relating to a father
: related through the father
PATERNAL Defined for Kids
Definition of paternal for Students
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 : related through the father my paternal cousins
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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