[syn: agnate, agnatic, paternal]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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."
2. Received or derived from a father; hereditary; as, a
Their small paternal field of corn. --Dryden.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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" [syn: parental, maternal, paternal]
4: related on the father's side; "a paternal aunt" [syn:
agnate, agnatic, paternal]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
43 Moby Thesaurus words for "paternal":
adoring, affectionate, ancestorial, ancestral, concerned, conjugal,
demonstrative, devoted, faithful, fatherlike, fatherly, filial,
fond, grandfatherly, grandmotherly, grandparental, husbandly,
indulgent, kindly, languishing, lovelorn, lovesick, lovesome,
loving, maternal, melting, mother, motherlike, motherly, parent,
parental, patriarchal, patrilateral, patrilineal, patrilinear,
patrimonial, romantic, sentimental, soft, solicitous, tender,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PATERNAL. That which belongs to the father or comes from him: as, paternal
power, paternal relation, paternal estate, paternal line. Vide Line.