paternal


paternal

adjective

  1. characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly: a kind and paternal reprimand.
  2. of or relating to a father.
  3. related on the father’s side: one’s paternal grandfather.
  4. derived or inherited from a father: paternal traits.

adjective

  1. relating to or characteristic of a father, esp in showing affection, encouragement, etc; fatherly
  2. (prenominal) related through the fatherhis paternal grandfather
  3. inherited or derived from the male parent

adj.early 15c., from Old French paternal “of a father” (12c.), from Medieval Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus “of a father, fatherly,” from pater (see father (n.)). adj.

  1. Relating to or characteristic of a father or fatherhood.
  2. Received or inherited from a father.
  3. Related through one’s father.

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