Definition of paternally adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈtɜːnəli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtɜːrnəli//
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  1. 1in a way that is like a father; in a way that is typical of a kind father He smiled paternally at them.
  2. 2through the father; through the father's side of the family paternally inherited characteristics
  3. compare maternally