Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not befitting a father.

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  • adjective Not fatherly; unpaternal.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ fatherly

Examples

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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

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