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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

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

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

My father is Italian, and I never met my paternal grandparents. The family name was 'Caroselli' and it was changed in the mid '50s. I think they wanted to assimilate, which was pretty common, although I love the name 'Caroselli.'
Steve Carell

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 W. Higginson

In the movies, I loved Errol Flynn whether he was playing a soldier or a pirate. I dug pirates. In fact, my first exposure to live performances was when my paternal grandfather took me to a D'Oyly Carte performance of 'The Pirates of Penzance' which impresario Sol Hurok imported from London. I loved every minute of it.
Stephen Lang
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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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