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One entry found for paternal.
Main Entry: pa·ter·nal
Pronunciation: pschwa-primarystresstschwarn-schwal
Function: adjective
Etymology: from Latin paternalis "fatherly," from earlier paternus (same meaning), from pater "father" --related to PADRE, PATRON, PATTERN
1 : FATHERLY <paternal advice>
2 : received or inherited from one's father
3 : related through the father <a paternal grandfather>
- pa·ter·nal·ly /-schwal-emacron/ adverb

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