1 adj Paternal is used to describe feelings or actions which are typical of those of a kind father towards his child.
usu ADJ n
He put his hand under her chin in an almost paternal gesture.
2 adj A paternal relative is one that is related through a person's father rather than their mother.
...my paternal grandparents.
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