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adjective 
  1. Of or pertaining to one's father, his genes, his relatives, or his side of a family; contrasted with maternal; as, "paternal grandfather" (one's father's father).
  2. fatherly, Fatherly; behaving as a father.
  3. receive, Received or inherited from one's father.
  4. Commit, committed by a father; as, "paternal filicide" (murder of a son by his father).
Etymology: Learned borrowing from Vulgar Latin paternalis, from Classical Latin paternus, from pater meaning "father."


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