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paternal
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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • Besides, Mitya hardly looked upon him as a man at all, for it was known to every one in the town that he was only a shattered wreck, whose relations with Grushenka had changed their character and were now simply paternal, and that this had been so for a long time.

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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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