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paternal

adjective

1 paternal

Belonging to or inherited from one's father.



2 paternal

Characteristic of a father.

Polish: ojcowski

3 paternal

Relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent.

synonyms: maternal, parental.

Roget 166: paternal, parental; maternal; family, ancestral, linear, patriarchal.   

Roget 906: benevolent; kind, kindly; well-meaning; amiable; obliging, accommodating, indulgent, gracious, complacent, good-humored.    warm-hearted, kind-hearted, tender-hearted, ... show more

4 paternal

Related on the father's side:
— A paternal aunt.

synonyms: agnate, agnatic.


Moby thesaurus: adoring, affectionate, ancestorial, ancestral, concerned, conjugal, demonstrative, devoted, faithful, fatherlike, fatherly, filial, fond, grandfatherly, grandmotherly, grandparental, husbandly, indulgent, kindly, languishing ... show more.

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