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as in:  paternal grandmother

She is his paternal grandmother.
  relating to a father; or characteristic of fathers
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paternal paternally
Strongly Associated with:   maternal, paternity
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  • She is his paternal grandmother.
  • Her paternal traits include...
  • He takes her to visit his paternal grandmother across town.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The captain’s tone was one of paternal disappointment.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot

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  • ...he had visited her in her paternal mansion.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Jody climbed to the top of the fence and hung his feet over and looked paternally down at the mare.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • It is a purely paternal feeling that I have for you.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Poor Folk
  • Raoul seized his father by the shoulders, by the neck, as he could, and embraced him so tenderly and so rapidly, that the comte had neither strength nor time to disengage himself, or to overcome his paternal emotions.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  Ten Years Later
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Associated words [difficulty]:   paternal [4] , maternal [2] , paternity [6]
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