• Paternal Definition & Synonyms
- (a.) Of or pertaining to a father; fatherly; showing the disposition of a father; guiding or instructing as a father; as, paternal care.
- (a.) Received or derived from a father; hereditary; as, a paternal estate.
• Paternalism Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) The theory or practice of paternal government. See Paternal government, under Paternal.