Synonyms of 'paternal'
1 fatherlyDictionary, concerned, protective
He has always taken a paternal interest in her.
2 patrilinealDictionary, patrimonial
my paternal grandparents
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If someone is protective towards you, they look after you and show a strong desire to keep you safe.
He is very protective towards his sisters.
Thesaurus for paternal from the Collins English Thesaurus
Paternal is used to describe feelings or actions which are typical of those of a kind father towards his child .