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paternal
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The House of Mirth
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  • The Van Osburgh marriage was celebrated in the village church near the paternal estate on the Hudson.
  • Rosedale in the paternal role was hardly a figure to soften Lily; yet she could not but notice a quality of homely goodness in his advances to the child.

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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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