Synonyms of 'paternal'
He has always taken a paternal interest in her.
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in the sense of concerned
A concerned friend put a comforting arm around her shoulder.
in the sense of protective
tending or wishing to protect someoneHe is very protective towards his sisters.
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Thesaurus for paternal from the Collins English Thesaurus
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