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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But suppose the paternal grandfather were dead when the eldest grandson was born?
▪ She has worked particularly hard on her relationship with her paternal grandfather.
▪ His paternal grandfather farmed Craigie Mains, Symington and had a considerable reputation as a breeder of Ayrshire cattle.
▪ The infant girl was immediately named Margarett Williams Sargent for her paternal grandmother, who was eighty-three and ailing.
▪ The boy's father and paternal grandmother applied, interalia, for an order for the boy to reside with the grandmother.
▪ C.'s paternal grandmother applied for residence and contact.
▪ In 1989 T. moved to live with her paternal grandmother and a year later she went to live with her boyfriend.
▪ The boy's paternal grandmother had unsuccessfully applied for a residence order.
▪ Although he had no children of his own, he took a kind of paternal interest in Katie's progress at school.
▪ Professor Johnson was always there for paternal advice.
▪ C.'s paternal grandmother applied for residence and contact.
▪ Innocent asserted his paternal protection of Frederick and the position of Sicily as a fief of the papacy.
▪ It is completely different from the combination of maternal and paternal chromosomes in natural mating mechanisms.
▪ The infant girl was immediately named Margarett Williams Sargent for her paternal grandmother, who was eighty-three and ailing.
▪ We grew up locked in permanent contention with one another over a meager and fickle supply of paternal affection.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Paternal \Pa*ter"nal\, a. [L. paternus, fr. pater a father: cf. F. paternel. See Father.]

  1. Of or pertaining to a father; fatherly; showing the disposition of a father; guiding or instructing as a father; as, paternal care. ``Under paternal rule.''

  2. Received or derived from a father; hereditary; as, a paternal estate.

    Their small paternal field of corn.

    Paternal government (Polit. Science), the assumption by the governing power of a quasi-fatherly relation to the people, involving strict and intimate supervision of their business and social concerns, upon the theory that they are incapable of managing their own afffairs.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Old French paternal "of a father" (12c.), from Medieval Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus "of a father, fatherly," from pater (see father (n.)).


a. 1 Of or pertaining to one's father, his genes, his relatives, or his side of a family 2 fatherly; behaving as or characteristic of a father. 3 receive or inherited from one's father. 4 acting as a father

  1. adj. belonging to or inherited from one's father; "spent his childhood on the paternal farm"; "paternal traits"

  2. characteristic of a father [ant: maternal]

  3. relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent; "parental guidance" [syn: parental, maternal] [ant: filial]

  4. related on the father's side; "a paternal aunt" [syn: agnate, agnatic]

Usage examples of "paternal".

As the carriage entered upon the forest that adjoined his paternal domain, his eyes once more caught, between the chesnut avenue, the turreted corners of the chateau.

The scar which my late amours had left was still bleeding, and I was glad to think that I should be able to restore the young Marseillaise to the paternal hearth without any painful partings or vain regrets.

He thanked me in a paternal manner for my kindness to his daughter, and begged me to do him the honour of dining with him on the following day, telling me that he would introduce me to his wife.

Innocenza Bordon, daughter of a mercenary soldier from the far-away Venetian countryside, unable to read or write, with her hands scarred with cuts, with no one but herself to care for in the whole world, feels pity for the great Duchess who is descended directly from Adam through the paternal line.

No matter how crooked he might be, Brye was still her father and recognized his paternal obligation beyond all else.

However, both Garry and Centaine had kept his paternal indulgence in check.

Barnes left a lecture for researchers from his planet and joined Clocker with no more than polite curiosity on his paternal face.

He prided himself on the fact that his hotel was not like other New York hotels, which were run by impersonal companies and shareholders and boards of directors, and consequently lacked the paternal touch which made the Cosmopolis what it was.

The rapid transition from carnal to paternal love cast my physical and mental faculties into such a state of excitement that I could scarcely withstand the fierce struggle that was taking place in my heart.

God smiled on me, and with His paternal hand invited me to seat myself in His house, on His red drugget, in His gilt armchair.

A theory circulated that Henry, having lost confidence in the beneficiaries of Montmirail, who had proved ungrateful for his paternal liberality, weighed the possibility of repudiating that Poitevin brood of eaglets, retrieving his misprized gifts, and setting up the child John, who had shared neither the dispositions of Montmirail nor the unfilial upbringing of his elder brothers, as the chief heir and object of his bounty.

When we were at London he heard that she had left the paternal roof about the middle of Lent.

His father was extremely fond of him up to the time when he was obliged to resist the paternal orders in deference to State reasons.

His chief assistant was a man called Hoong Liang, an old servant in the Dee paternal mansion, who had seen Judge Dee grow up from a small boy.

It was created by the meiotic shuffling process, forged by the coming together of pieces of chromosome from your paternal grandmother and your paternal grandfather.