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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pa·ter·nal /pəˈtɝnḷ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pa·ter·nal a.
 1. Of or pertaining to a father; fatherly; showing the disposition of a father; guiding or instructing as a father; as, paternal care. “Under paternal rule.”
 2. Received or derived from a father; hereditary; as, a paternal estate.
    Their small paternal field of corn.   --Dryden.
 Paternal government Polit. Science, the assumption by the governing power of a quasi-fatherly relation to the people, involving strict and intimate supervision of their business and social concerns, upon the theory that they are incapable of managing their own affairs.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: belonging to or inherited from one's father; "spent his
             childhood on the paternal farm"; "paternal traits"
      2: characteristic of a father [ant: maternal]
      3: relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent;
         "parental guidance" [syn: parental, maternal] [ant: filial]
      4: related on the father's side; "a paternal aunt" [syn: agnate,