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 Dictionary entry overview: What does paternal mean? 

PATERNAL (adjective)
  The adjective PATERNAL has 4 senses:

1. belonging to or inherited from one's father
2. characteristic of a father
3. relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
4. related on the father's side

  Familiarity information: PATERNAL used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

PATERNAL (adjective)

Sense 1paternal [BACK TO TOP]


Belonging to or inherited from one's father

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

spent his childhood on the paternal farm / paternal traits


father (a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father))

Sense 2paternal [BACK TO TOP]


Characteristic of a father


fatherlike; fatherly (like or befitting a father or fatherhood; kind and protective)

paternalistic (benevolent but sometimes intrusive)


patriarchal (characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line)


fatherliness; paternal quality (the benignity and protectiveness of or befitting a father)


maternal (characteristic of a mother)

Sense 3paternal [BACK TO TOP]


Relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent


parental; maternal; paternal

Context example:

parental guidance

Sense 4paternal [BACK TO TOP]


Related on the father's side


agnate; agnatic; paternal

Context example:

a paternal aunt


related (connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage)

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