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Definition of Paternal

Paternal

  1. Of or pertaining to a father; fatherly; showing the disposition of a father; guiding or instructing as a father; as, paternal care.
  2. Received or derived from a father; hereditary; as, a paternal estate.

Paternal Quotations

I've always wanted to tell a story about Lincoln. I saw a paternal father figure; I saw someone who was completely, stubbornly committed to his ideals, to his vision.
Steven Spielberg

Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground.
Alexander Pope

Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the birth as a paternal, or, in other words, a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read, and say, and eat, and drink and wear.
Thomas Babington Macaulay

The Jewish people asked nothing of its sons except not to be denied. The world is grateful to every great man when he brings it something; only the paternal home thanks the son who brings nothing but himself.
Theodor Herzl

I did Vibe, and I felt old and paternal. I've got ties older than people in that audience. I had a talk with myself. I said, You've got to deal with this better.
Tony Danza
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Paternal Translations

paternal in Italian is paterno
paternal in Latin is paterna, paternus
paternal in Spanish is paternal
paternal in Swedish is faders-, faderlig
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