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1. paternal

adjective. ['pəˈtɝːnəl'] characteristic of a father.

Synonyms

  • patriarchal
  • fatherliness
  • paternalistic
  • paternal quality
  • fatherly

Antonyms

  • matriarchal
  • patriarchal
  • motherly
  • motherlike

Etymology

  • paternal (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Paternal

  • nocturnal
  • fraternal
  • external
  • maternal
  • internal
  • infernal
  • eternal
  • diurnal
  • vernal
  • purnell
  • pernell
  • kernel
  • journal
  • durnil
  • durnell
  • colonel
  • burnell
  • bernal

Sentences with paternal


1. Adjective
The bride's mother and father are seated at the table, along with her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Quotes about paternal


1. I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise,Regardless of others, ever regardful of others,Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man,Stuffed with the stuff that is course, and stuffed with the stuff that is fine, one of the nation, of many nations, the smallest the same and the the largest
- Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

2. paternal

adjective. ['pəˈtɝːnəl'] relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent.

Synonyms

  • maternal

Antonyms

  • lineal
  • collateral

Etymology

  • paternal (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. paternal

adjective. ['pəˈtɝːnəl'] related on the father's side.

Synonyms

  • agnatic
  • related

Antonyms

  • motherliness
  • maternal quality
  • maternity

Etymology

  • paternal (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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