1. characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly: a kind and paternal reprimand.
2. of or pertaining to a father.
3. related on the father's side: one's paternal grandfather.
4. derived or inherited from a father: paternal traits.
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benevolent, concerned, protective, solicitous, vigilant, fatherlike, patrimonial, patrilineal
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SYNONYM STUDY FOR PATERNAL
1. See fatherly.
Origin: First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Old French paternel, from Late Latin paternalis, equivalent to Latin patern(us) “paternal” (pater father + -nus adjective suffix) + -alis -al
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Only by practice, unless of course you are like my paternal grandmother, Catherine, whom I never knew but who reportedly whipped out crusts so thin and fine you could see your hands through it.
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The findings suggested that paternal and maternal versions of the histone variants are mediating a conflict over how to allocate resources to the offspring during pregnancy.
DNA’S HISTONE SPOOLS HINT AT HOW COMPLEX CELLS EVOLVED|VIVIANE CALLIER|MAY 10, 2021|QUANTA MAGAZINE
My husband read him a children’s book about an Auschwitz survivor, “The Number on My Grandfather’s Arm,” and used it as an entree to tell the story of Sophie, Simon’s paternal grandmother.
DUXBURY HIGH’S ANTISEMITISM SCANDAL IS MORE EVIDENCE THAT PARENTS NEED TO DO BETTER. HERE’S HOW.|LINDA K. WERTHEIMER|APRIL 8, 2021|WASHINGTON POST
The most familiar model of the nuclear family still includes paternal roles which are inherently patriarchal, and often misogynist.
WE NEED MORE FEMINIST DADS - ISSUE 95: ESCAPE|JORDAN SHAPIRO|FEBRUARY 3, 2021|NAUTILUS