paternal definition

  • adjective:
    • regarding or feature of a father or fatherhood; fatherly.
    • gotten or inherited from a father: a paternal trait.
    • associated through your parent: my paternal aunt.
    • Of or regarding a person's father, his genes, his family members, or his side of a family; because, "paternal grandfather" (one's dad's dad).
    • Fatherly; behaving as or feature of a father.
    • gotten or inherited from 1's dad.
    • performing as a father; as in "paternal filicide" (murder of a son committed by their dad).
    • Of or with respect to a father; fatherly; showing the personality of a father; directing or instructing as a father.
    • Received or produced by a father; hereditary.
    • belonging to or inherited from's dad
    • regarding or characteristic of or befitting a parent
    • characteristic of a father
    • associated in the dad's part
  • others:
    • Of or with respect to a father; proper to or feature of a father; fatherly: because, paternal treatment or affection; paternal favor or admonition.
    • produced by the father; hereditary; since, a paternal estate.

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