Adjective > Paternal

Adjective – Paternal

1 : of or relating to a father

He did not neglect his paternal responsibilities after the divorce.

He offered them some paternal (=fatherly) advice.

2 always used before a noun : related through the father

his paternal grandparents (=the parents of his father)

a paternal aunt/uncle

paternally adverb

He smiled at them paternally.

paternally inherited genes