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  • adj. having the qualities of a father

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

  • adj. like or befitting a father or fatherhood; kind and protective


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  • "He means a huge amount to her and fulfills a fatherlike role, which she has never really had," Clarke says.

    Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke on Daenerys, Drogo and Dothraki Jeggings

  • He went on to say that he considered the belief in a God who was a fatherlike figure to be the result of “childish analogies.”

    American Sketches

  • There was something frighteningly fatherlike about her.

    Life As We Know It

  • Oh, and Kirk made some reference to "his children", obviously trying to foster an image of a loving, fatherlike figure - to dispel the votes he casts against their health care coverage.

    Do Mark Kirk's Lies and Half Truths Ever Stop?

  • "Well," said Father, addressing Elvira in his most kindly and fatherlike manner, "well, and how are you feeling now?"

    At Bertram's Hotel

  • I never saw the laird so fatherlike – no since the day when I put your brother Alexander into his arms, that's now the Cornel and a great man among the blacks in India.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • When a man harks back, palpably, on some preoccupation, after exchanging a laugh and an impersonal word or two with a girl who does not know him, it is the best confirmation possible of his previous good faith in seeming more fatherlike than manlike.

    Somehow Good

  • Then we were, as it were, impregnated with the thought of God -- a just God, but benevolent and fatherlike.

    Appreciations, with an Essay on Style

  • Kingston is here at his most persuasively Christian, arguing that both the good things of life and the bad, are dealt out to us by an all-seeing fatherlike God.

    Michael Penguyne Fisher Life on the Cornish Coast

  • I've gotten past the misplaced puppy love and have no intentions of harming his relationship with his wife, but I feel as if his fatherlike role in my life is vastly inappropriate and is going to hurt him if I continue my behavior.

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