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English definition of “paternal”

paternal

adjective     /pəˈtɜː.nəl/ US  /-ˈtɝː-/
of or like a father : He's very paternal (= showing the affectionate feelings of a father ) with the baby . My paternal grandparents (= my father's parents ) were Irish . → Compare maternalFamily relations in generalTreating and caring for people paternally     /-i/ adverb Family relations in generalTreating and caring for people
(Definition of paternal adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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