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Meaning of PATERNAL

Pronunciation:  pu'turnl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent; "parental guidance"
  2. [adj]  characteristic of a father
  3. [adj]  belonging to or inherited from one's father; "spent his childhood on the paternal farm"; "paternal traits"

PATERNAL is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: fatherlike, fatherly, maternal, parental, paternalistic
 Antonyms: filial
 See Also: patriarchal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pa*ter"nal\, a. [L. paternus, fr. pater a father: cf.
F. paternel. See {Father}.]
1. Of or pertaining to a father; fatherly; showing the
   disposition of a father; guiding or instructing as a
   father; as, paternal care. ``Under paternal rule.''

2. Received or derived from a father; hereditary; as, a
   paternal estate.

         Their small paternal field of corn.   --Dryden.

{Paternal government} (Polit. Science), the assumption by the
   governing power of a quasi-fatherly relation to the
   people, involving strict and intimate supervision of their
   business and social concerns, upon the theory that they
   are incapable of managing their own afffairs.

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