paternal

adjective
pa·​ter·​nal | \ pə-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce paternal (audio) \

Definition of paternal

1a : of or relating to a father offered his children some paternal advice paternal responsibilities
b : 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

Other Words from paternal

paternally \ pə-​ˈtər-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce paternal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of paternal in a Sentence

He did not neglect his paternal responsibilities after the divorce.
Recent Examples on the Web Those Eastern European immigrants included Mr. Evans’s paternal grandfather, who arrived in New York from Lithuania in the late 19th century at age 9. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Those Eastern European immigrants included Mr. Evans’s paternal grandfather, who arrived in New York from Lithuania in the late 19th century at age 9. Emily Langer, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 An upcoming project, to be exhibited at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus, will reflect on the death in 2021 of her paternal grandfather, William Clinton King Sr., at age 96, after a struggle with COVID-19. Steven Litt, cleveland, 14 July 2022 My paternal grandfather, Roger, was a respected regional TV journalist and broadcaster in Liverpool, England. Marc Myers, WSJ, 21 June 2022 Decades earlier, Hong says, his paternal grandfather came from China to work on the railroads. Jen Yamatostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 His maternal grandfather was Táchii’nii and his paternal grandfather was Kinyaa’áanii. Arlyssa Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 13 June 2022 His paternal grandfather was a champion steeplechaser. New York Times, 31 May 2022 Adriana’s paternal grandfather was an immigrant to Tijuana. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of paternal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for paternal

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

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8 Aug 2022

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“Paternal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paternal. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for paternal

paternal

adjective
pa·​ter·​nal | \ pə-ˈtər-nᵊl How to pronounce paternal (audio) \

Kids Definition of paternal

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, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2 : related through the father my paternal cousins

Other Words from paternal

paternally adverb

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