paternal

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: pə-tû(r)'nəl, IPA(key): /pəˈtɜː(r)nəl/
  • (file)

Etymology[edit]

From Old French paternal (of a father) (12c.), a learned borrowing from Vulgar Latin paternālis (paternal), from Classical Latin paternus (of or pertaining to a father, paternal), from pater (father).

Adjective[edit]

paternal (comparative more paternal, superlative most paternal)

  1. Of or pertaining to one's father, his genes, his relatives, or his side of a family
    paternal grandfather
  2. Fatherly; behaving as or characteristic of a father.
  3. Received or inherited from one's father.
    • Dryden
      their small paternal field of corn
  4. Acting as a father
    paternal filicide

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin paternālis. Compare the descended term paternel.

Adjective[edit]

paternal m

  1. paternal

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Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

paternal m, f (plural paternales)

  1. paternal, fatherly