Word of the Day: Paternal

pa-ter-nal / pəˈtərnl

 

adjective

 

  1. of, like, or relating to a father

I always found something strangely paternal about the director-actor relationship.

Adam Driver, 1983-

 

  1. inherited from the male parent

At anaphase one of each pair of chromosomes goes to each daughter cell, such that each daughter cell inherits one copy of the paternal chromosome, and one copy of the maternal chromosome.

https://www.histology.leeds.ac.uk/cell/meiosis.php

 

  1. related through the male parent

My paternal grandmother gave me the courage to investigate things and not take things at face value or judge people by what I first imagine them to be.

Erykah Badu, 1971-

 

  1. fatherly

The paternal and filial duties discipline the heart, and prepare it for the love of all mankind.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834