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Dictionary definition for: Paternal

1. (a) belonging to or inherited from one''s father; "spent his childhood on the paternal farm" "paternal traits"

2. (a) characteristic of a father

3. (a) relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent; "parental guidance"

4. (s) related on the father''s side; "a paternal aunt"

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