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Webster 1913 Edition


Paternal

Pa-ter′nal

,
Adj.
[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.”
Milton.
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 affairs.

Webster 1828 Edition


Paternal

PATERN'AL

,
Adj.
[L. paternus, from pater, father.]
1.
Pertaining to a father; fatherly; as paternal care of affection; paternal favor or admonition.
2.
Derived from the father; hereditary; as a paternal estate.

Definition 2022


paternal

paternal

English

Adjective

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

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin paternālis. Compare the descended term paternel.

Adjective

paternal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular paternale)

  1. paternal

Declension

Descendants


Spanish

Adjective

paternal m, f (plural paternales)

  1. paternal, fatherly