Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of or relating to a parent
  • adjective genetics of the generation of organisms that produce a hybrid
  • noun A person fulfilling a parental role.

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

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

Etymologies

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From Latin parentalis, from parens ("parent")

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