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paternal

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English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: pə-tû(r)'nəl, IPA: /pə'tɜː(r)nəl/, SAMPA: /p@"t3:(r)n@l/

Etymology

Learned borrowing from Vulgar Latin paternalis, from Classical [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] paternus, from pater (father).

Adjective

paternal (not comparable)

Positive
paternal

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of or pertaining to one's father, his genes, his relatives, or his side of a family; contrasted with maternal; as, "paternal grandfather" (one's father's father).
  2. Fatherly; behaving as a father.
  3. Received or inherited from one's father.
  4. committed by a father; as, "paternal filicide" (murder of a son by his father).

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