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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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Words that Rhyme with Paternal

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  • durnil
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Example sentences of the word paternal


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

Quotes containing the word 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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