[puh-tur-nl] /pəˈtɜr nl/
characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly:
a kind and paternal reprimand.
of or relating to a father.
related on the father’s side:
one’s paternal grandfather.
derived or inherited from a father:
relating to or characteristic of a father, esp in showing affection, encouragement, etc; fatherly
(prenominal) related through the father: his paternal grandfather
inherited or derived from the male parent
early 15c., from Old French paternal “of a father” (12c.), from Medieval Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus “of a father, fatherly,” from pater (see father (n.)).
paternal pa·ter·nal (pə-tûr’nəl)
[puh-tur-ni-tee] /pəˈtɜr nɪ ti/ noun 1. the state of being a father; fatherhood. 2. derivation or acquirement from a father. 3. origin or authorship. adjective 4. noting or pertaining to a legal dispute in which an unwed mother accuses a man of being the father of her child: a paternity suit. /pəˈtɜːnɪtɪ/ noun 1. 2. […]
noun 1. a leave of absence from a job for a father to care for a new baby. noun 1. a period of paid absence from work, in the UK currently two weeks, to which a man is legally entitled immediately after the birth of his child 2. a period of paid or unpaid absence […]
- Paternity suit
noun 1. (law) the US (and in Britain a nontechnical) term for affiliation proceedings
noun 1. an assessment of possible paternity based on a comparison of the genetic markers of the offspring and those of the putative father. paternity test n. A test using blood group identification of a mother, child, and putative father to establish the probability of paternity.