English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'paternal'

(adjective) 
He has always taken a paternal interest in her.
Synonyms
fatherly
He took my arm in a fatherly way.
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concerned
A concerned friend put a comforting arm around her shoulder.
,
protective
He is very protective towards his sisters.
, , ,
solicitous
He was so solicitous of his guests.
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fatherlike
(adjective) 
Definition
fatherly
my paternal grandparents
Synonyms
patrilineal
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patrimonial

Additional synonyms

in the sense of concerned
A concerned friend put a comforting arm around her shoulder.
in the sense of protective
Definition
tending or wishing to protect someone
He is very protective towards his sisters.
in the sense of solicitous
Definition
anxious about someone's welfare
He was so solicitous of his guests.

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