Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parent.
  • adj. Genetics Of or designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to a parent
  • adj. of the generation of organisms that produce a hybrid
  • n. A person fulfilling a parental role.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a parent or to parents
  • adj. Becoming to, or characteristic of, parents; tender; affectionate; devoted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to parents; proper to or characteristic of a parent: as, parental love; parental government; parental duties.
  • Synonyms Paternal, Maternal, etc. See fatherly, motherly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

Etymologies

From Latin parentalis, from parens ("parent") (Wiktionary)

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