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paternal    : [pət'ɚnəl]
Paternal \Pa*ter"nal\, a. [L. paternus, fr. pater a father: cf.
F. paternel. See {Father}.]
1. Of or pertaining to a father; fatherly; showing the
disposition of a father; guiding or instructing as a
father; as, paternal care. "Under paternal rule."
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2. Received or derived from a father; hereditary; as, a
paternal estate.
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Their small paternal field of corn. --Dryden.
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{Paternal government} (Polit. Science), the assumption by the
governing power of a quasi-fatherly relation to the
people, involving strict and intimate supervision of their
business and social concerns, upon the theory that they
are incapable of managing their own affairs.
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adj 1: belonging to or inherited from one's father; "spent his
childhood on the paternal farm"; "paternal traits"
2: characteristic of a father [ant: {maternal}]
3: relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent;
"parental guidance" [synonym: {parental}, {maternal}, {paternal}]
[ant: {filial}]
4: related on the father's side; "a paternal aunt" [synonym:
{agnate}, {agnatic}, {paternal}]

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