Definition of paternal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    paternal

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//pəˈtərnl//
     
     
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  1. 1connected with being a father; typical of a kind father paternal love He gave me a piece of paternal advice.
  2. 2related through the father's side of the family my paternal grandmother (= my father's mother) compare maternal
NAmE//pəˈtərnəli//
 
adverb He smiled paternally at them.
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