Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to a father; fatherly.

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Usage examples "paternal":

  1. Now that Claude had given in to him he became almost paternal. - "The Way of Ambition", Robert Hichens.
  2. " There is paternal love. - "The Blue Pavilions", 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", [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman.