Definition of paternal
- offered his children some paternal advice
- paternal responsibilities
- paternal benevolence
- lived and worked on his paternal farm
- paternal grandfather
He did not neglect his paternal responsibilities after the divorce.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: of or relating to a father
: related through the father
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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