paternal Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"paternal" in British English

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paternaladjective

uk   /pəˈtɜː.nəl/  us   /-ˈtɝː-/
of or like a ​father: He's very paternal (= ​showing the ​affectionatefeelings of a ​father) with the ​baby. My paternal ​grandparents (= my father's ​parents) were ​Irish.
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paternally
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(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 ​meansrelated by way of the ​father: paternal ​grandparents
(Definition of paternal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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