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EtymologyEdit

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).

PronunciationEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

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 FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin paternālis. Compare the descended term paternel.

AdjectiveEdit

paternal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular paternale)

  1. paternal

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SpanishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

paternal (plural paternales)

  1. paternal, fatherly