2. [syn: parental, maternal, paternal]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Parental \Pa*ren"tal\, a. [L. parentalis.]
1. Of or pertaining to a parent or to parents; as, parental
authority; parental obligations; parental affection.
2. Becoming to, or characteristic of, parents; tender;
affectionate; devoted; as, parental care.
The careful course and parental provision of nature.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid
offspring are produced [ant: filial]
2: relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent;
"parental guidance" [syn: parental, maternal, paternal]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
53 Moby Thesaurus words for "parental":
adoring, affectionate, ancestorial, ancestral, conjugal, covering,
custodial, defensive, demonstrative, devoted, faithful, fatherlike,
fatherly, filial, fond, fostering, grandfatherly, grandmotherly,
grandparental, guardian, guarding, husbandly, immunizing,
languishing, lovelorn, lovesick, lovesome, loving, maternal,
melting, mother, motherlike, motherly, parent, paternal,
patriarchal, preventive, prophylactic, protecting, protective,
romantic, safeguarding, screening, sentimental, sheltering,
shielding, soft, tender, tutelary, uxorious, vigilant, watchful,