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paternal

adjective uk   /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.
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Family relations in generalTreating and caring for people
paternally
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
Family relations in generalTreating and caring for people
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