1. characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly: a kind and paternal reprimand.
2. of or relating to a father.
3. related on the father's side: one's paternal grandfather.
4. derived or inherited from a father: paternal traits.
"poems can be paternal from feelings."
"grandmothers can be paternal."
"grandfathers can be paternal."
"grandparents can be paternal."
"exposures can be paternal."
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