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paternal

pa·ter·nal

paternal

 
 
pronunciation:
p tuhr nl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, concerning, or typical of a father.
Since our father died, my oldest brother has taken on the paternal role in our family.
similar words:
fatherly
definition 2: inherited or received from a father.
definition 3: related through one's father.
my paternal grandmother
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derivation: paternally (adv.)
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