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  • adj. Not fatherly; unpaternal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not befitting a father.


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un- +‎ fatherly


  • I commented already on leaders 'inappropriate, abusive, "unfatherly" behavior in my August 28 post about.


  • “Well, son,” Professor Robbins began in a very unfatherly voice, “I must say, I've never seen a work quite like this one.”

    Suicide Draft

  • What hit me was that everything I was feeling about her by then was about as goddamn unfatherly as you can get.

    Sudden Rain

  • In a rather weird unfatherly move, Vega's dad actually got worried about his daughter and hooked her up with a cowherder named Altair, another workaholic.


  • I'll break his neck, 'he said, with real and unfatherly viciousness.


  • Composed of a circle of tents numbering about fifty, and exhibiting numbers of fine horses picketed near the tent-doors, it is as fine a specimen as we shall see of the patriarchal life inherited from the unfatherly father of Ishmael.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 25, April, 1873

  • She did not deny the act, but pleaded justification, alleging that her husband was guilty of unfatherly conduct toward his daughter.

    The North American Indian

  • The King in England, his councilors, and Parliament, played an unfatherly role, while in Virginia economic hardships pressed ever harder and the administration became more and more oppressive.

    Pioneers of the Old South: a chronicle of English colonial beginnings

  • The Duchess now understood the unfatherly disregard Old Jimmie had shown for the ordinary welfare of Maggie.

    Children of the Whirlwind

  • My father had written of his "doubts and misgivings," and I felt confident that it was nothing in the world but the tenacious hold of these doubts and misgivings upon his mind which had in the first instance made him so unfatherly in his treatment of me, and had now reduced him almost to a condition of insanity.

    The Rover's Secret A Tale of the Pirate Cays and Lagoons of Cuba


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