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paternal
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  • ’That’s right, Chaplain,’ the colonel replied, chuckling paternally at the chaplain’s look of puzzlement.
  • Milo had posed for these pictures in a drab peasant’s blouse with a high collar, and his scrupulous, paternal countenance was tolerant, wise, critical and strong as he stared out at the populace omnisciently with his undisciplined mustache and disunited eyes.

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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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