Meaning of “paternal” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “paternal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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paternaladjective

us /pəˈtɜr·nəl/

behaving or feeling as a father does toward his child:

His father gave him a good-humored, paternal smile.

Paternal also means related by way of the father:

paternal grandparents

(Definition of “paternal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)