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paternal
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Nicholas Nickleby
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  • All manner of learning my boys take down, sir; the expense is never thought of; and they get paternal treatment and washing in.’

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as in: paternal grandmother Define
relating to a father; or characteristic of fathers
as in: paternal attitude Define
kindness and concern like that of a father -- sometimes implying that it is overly intrusive
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