Pronunciation: (pu-tûr'nl), [key]
1. characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly: a kind and paternal reprimand.
2. of or pertaining to a father.
3. related on the father's side: one's paternal grandfather.
4. derived or inherited from a father: paternal traits.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.