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

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Other Words from paternal

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

Examples of paternal in a Sentence

He did not neglect his paternal responsibilities after the divorce.

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In a post on Medium, O’Rourke wrote that his paternal great-great-great grandfather enslaved two women, Eliza and Rose, in the 1850s. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Beto O'Rourke says his family's ancestors owned slaves," 15 July 2019 But two of his second cousins, one on his paternal side and one on his maternal side, had. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "Genealogy Sites Have Helped Identify Suspects. Now They’ve Helped Convict One.," 1 July 2019 Dechow and his colleagues Wansheng Liu and Xiang-Peng Yue analyzed the paternal pedigree information of nearly 63,000 Holstein bulls born since the 1950s in North America. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019 The research on whether most do or do not is ambiguous, but the fancy persists, in part because, consciously or unconsciously, people think that emphasizing the resemblance will set a man’s mind at ease, thus fortifying the paternal bond. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Paternity Reveal," 24 June 2019 Dechow and his colleagues Wansheng Liu and Xiang-Peng Yue analyzed the paternal pedigree information of nearly 63,000 Holstein bulls born since the 1950s in North America. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019 There is evidence, too, that feelings of paternal ambivalence may persist even after children grow up. Peggy Drexler, WSJ, "It’s OK to Feel Ambivalent About Your Children," 21 June 2019 Dechow and his colleagues Wansheng Liu and Xiang-Peng Yue analyzed the paternal pedigree information of nearly 63,000 Holstein bulls born since the 1950s in North America. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 Steinem is the paternal grandmother of feminist Gloria Steinem. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "100 years ago Ohio ratified the 19th Amendment. Here are 6 women who made suffrage reality," 14 June 2019

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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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paternal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of paternal

: of or relating to a father
: related through the father

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

Other Words from paternal

paternally adverb

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