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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Parental'

Parental Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    parental adj
  1. designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced [ant: filial]
  2. relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent; "parental guidance" [syn: maternal, paternal] [ant: filial]
Parental Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Parental \Pa*ren"tal\, a. [L. parentalis.]
  1. Of or pertaining to a parent or to parents; as, parental authority; parental obligations.
  2. Becoming to, or characteristic of, parents; tender; affectionate; devoted; as, parental care. The careful course and parental provision of nature. --Sir T. Browne.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Parental'

A parent (from Latin: parēns = parent) is a caretaker of the offspring in their own species. In humans, a parent is the mother or the father figure of a child (NOTE: "child" refers to offspring, not necessarily age). Children can have one or more parents, but they must have two biological parents. Biological parents consist of the male who sired the child and the female who gave birth to the child. In all human societies, the biological mother and father are both responsible for raising their young. However, some parents may not be biologically related to their children. An adoptive parent is one who nurtures and raises the offspring of the biological parents but is not actually biologically related to the child. Children without adoptive parents can be raised by their grandparents or other family members.

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* Today's family is built like a pyramid with all the intrafamilial rivalries, tensions, jealousies, angers, hatreds, loves and needs focused on the untrained, vulnerable, insecure, young, inexperienced and incompetent parental apex ... about whose incompetence our vaunted educational system does nothing. - Lawrence Kubie

* The brown bag, of course, had its imperfections. While some kids carried roast beef sandwiches, others had peanut butter. I have no way of knowing if all of those brown bags contained 'nutritionally adequate diets.' But I do know that those brown bags and those lunch pails symbolized parental love and responsibility. - Charles Mathias, Jr.

* Children whose curiosity survives parental discipline and who manage to grow up before they blow up are invited to join the Yale faculty. Within the university they go on asking their questions and trying to find the answers ... it is a place where the world's hostility to curiosity can be defied. - Edmund S. Morgan

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Parental Sample Sentences in News

  • Adoptive mother wins right to parental leave
    A woman who adopted a child has won the right to paid parental leave, after being told by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment that she wasn't eligible.A determination by the Employment Relation Authority found Jayne... Read more on this news related to 'Parental'
  • The constitutional debate over parental rights: A missed opportunity
    In the last of the three-part series, Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at how the 2000 Troxel case was a missed opportunity to give parental rights a constitutional upgrade. Read more on this news related to 'Parental'
  • Parental love common thread among Hall inductees
    For almost all of us, it starts the same way. Mom or dad give us a bat and a ball, maybe even a glove. They send us out to play and they keep an eye on us to see what happens. You never ever know. That's the best thing about baseball, whether the players are the best in the world or the kids on your block. Read more on this news related to 'Parental'

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