HyperDic: paternal

English > 4 senses of the word paternal:
ADJECTIVEpertpaternalbelonging to or inherited from one's father
allpaternalcharacteristic of a father
allpaternal, parental, maternalrelating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
allpaternal, agnate, agnaticrelated on the father's side
paternal > pronunciation
Soundspahter'nahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > paternal: 4 senses > adjective 1, pert
MeaningBelonging to or inherited from one's father.
Examples
  • "spent his childhood on the paternal farm"
  • "paternal traits"
Spanishpaternal, paterno
Catalanpatern, paternal
Nounsfathera male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
English > paternal: 4 senses > adjective 2
Meaningcharacteristic of a father.
Attribute offatherliness, paternal qualityThe benignity and protectiveness of or befitting a father
Narrowerfatherly, fatherlikelike or befitting a father or fatherhood
paternalisticbenevolent but sometimes intrusive
See alsopatriarchalCharacteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
Oppositematernalcharacteristic of a mother
Spanishpaternal, paterno
Catalanpaternal
Nounspaternitythe state of being a father
Adverbspaternallyin a paternal manner
English > paternal: 4 senses > adjective 3
Meaningrelating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent.
Synonymsparental, maternal
Oppositefilialrelating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring
Spanishmatern, maternal, materno, parental, paternal, paterno
Catalanmatern, maternal, parental, patern, paternal
English > paternal: 4 senses > adjective 4
Meaningrelated on the father's side.
Example"a paternal aunt"
Synonymsagnate, agnatic
BroaderrelatedConnected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
Spanishpaterno
Catalanpatern
Nounspaternitythe kinship relation between an offspring and the father

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