The definition of paternal is having the characteristic of a father or fatherhood.(adjective)
An example of paternal is a child's father's parents.
See paternal in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ML paternalis < L paternus < pater, father
See paternal in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Late Latin paternālis
Origin: , from Latin paternus
Origin: , from pater, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.
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