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  • Well, let me tell you that your revered paternal ancestor, Henry T., doesn’t even call it a ’Tux.
  • He tried to sound paternal.

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  • Eathorne’s inquiries as to the healths of Mrs. Babbitt, Miss Babbitt, and the Other Children were softly paternal, but Babbitt had nothing with which to answer him.
  • He was even surer about it the morning after, when he was trying to be grave and paternal with his daughters at breakfast.

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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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