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paternal (adj.)

early 15c., "of or pertaining to a father," from Old French paternal "of a father" (12c.), from Medieval Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus "of a father, fatherly," from pater (see father (n.)). By c. 1600 as "proper to or characteristic of a father; from 1610s as "inherited from a father."

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Definitions of paternal

paternal (adj.)
belonging to or inherited from one's father;
paternal traits
spent his childhood on the paternal farm
paternal (adj.)
characteristic of a father;
paternal (adj.)
related on the father's side;
a paternal aunt
Synonyms: agnate / agnatic
paternal (adj.)
relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent;
Synonyms: parental / maternal
From wordnet.princeton.edu