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pa•ter•nal



Pronunciation: (pu-tûr'nl), [key]
adj.
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.

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paterfamiliaspaternalism
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