1. belonging to or inherited from one's father

- spent his childhood on the paternal farm

- paternal traits

2. characteristic of a father

Similar word(s): fatherlike, fatherly, paternalistic, patriarchal

3. relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

Similar word(s): maternal, parental

4. related on the father's side

- a paternal aunt

Similar word(s): related, agnate, agnatic

Sentences with paternal as an adjective:

- paternal grandfather

- paternal filicide