paternal

The word paternal describes anything that has to do with fatherhood, like your dad's paternal habit of giving you advice, always including some "when I was a boy..." tales.

Paternal originates from the Old French word of the same spelling, meaning "of a father." For example, your paternal grandparents are your father's parents. (Your mom's parents are your maternal grandparents.) Paternal describes your father specifically, or fatherhood in general, like common paternal activities like father-son fishing trips and making sure the guy who is dating his daughter is respectful and sincere.

Definitions of paternal
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adj characteristic of a father

Synonyms:
fatherlike, fatherly
like or befitting a father or fatherhood; kind and protective
paternalistic
benevolent but sometimes intrusive
patriarchal
characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
Antonyms:
maternal
characteristic of a mother
maternalistic
showing maternal instincts
motherlike
suggestive of or acting like a mother
motherly
befitting a mother; warm and nurturing
matriarchal
characteristic of a matriarchy
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adj relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

Synonyms:
maternal, parental
Antonyms:
filial
relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring
daughterly
befitting a daughter
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adj belonging to or inherited from one's father

“spent his childhood on the paternal farm”
paternal traits”

adj related on the father's side

“a paternal aunt”
Synonyms:
agnate, agnatic
related
connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage

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