What does the word paternal mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Paternally.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Hereditary.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Pertaining to a father; fatherly.

Usage examples for paternal

  1. Now that Claude had given in to him he became almost paternal. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  2. " There is paternal love. – The Blue Pavilions by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  3. I do not wish to lull you to sleep with sweet words; but I know the conduct of your paternal ancestors. – Indian Boyhood by [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman