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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) - it's lovely to see him 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
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