Definition of parental in English:

parental

adjective

  • 1Relating to a person's parent or parents.

    ‘parental responsibility’
    ‘parental leave’
    • ‘He has an overweight daughter, to whom he pays no real parental attention.’
    • ‘He is awakened to the fact that the only real parental love he has received has been from his nanny.’
    • ‘It is easy to explain away not receiving parental affirmation or to put off admitting the obvious in our lives.’
    • ‘All three stories focus on women with serious parental issues.’
    • ‘Lower parental income might also restrict access to funds for education among these youth.’
    • ‘Child welfare is recommending that her parental rights be terminated.’
    • ‘The origins of the character were steeped in repressed memories and parental abuse.’
    • ‘These characters inhabit a sexless preadolescent world where the strongest emotion seems to be mindless rage against an unseen parental figure.’
    • ‘His parents appear to act out of love, out of the parental instinct to protect their child.’
    • ‘Keep conversations focused on the kids to keep them out of the middle of parental comments.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to an animal or plant from which new ones are derived.
      ‘parental roots in adult plants’
      • ‘Offspring were cured from parental diseases by the removing of the affected gene.’
      • ‘He specializes in spawning the parental stocks.’
      • ‘He has been evaluating 53 accessions of hairy vetch in the USDA germ plasm collection to identify plants useful as parental material.’
      • ‘Grown from scions of five parental families grafted onto a common rootstock, these new cacao trees yield more pods and beans than their parents.’
      • ‘When tested in experimentally infected pigs, this generated virus showed characteristics similar to its parental wild type.’
      • ‘The number of muscle cells is largely genetically determined by the parental genotype.’
      • ‘One possibility leading to the skewed sex ratios for some bulls could be parental hormone levels.’
      • ‘Local units began developing inbred parental lines and breeding stock that the seed trade would use to create proprietary varieties.’
      • ‘By evaluating 451 clover lines, they hope to find parental breeding material with these desirable characteristics.’
      • ‘A consumer evaluation, together with data from the larger study, could be used in choosing parental lines for producing improved varieties.’
    2. 1.2 Denoting an organization or company which owns or controls a number of subsidiaries.
      ‘the decision to sever ties with the parental organization’
      • ‘Goal congruity between parental firms has a positive influence on personal attachment, while cultural distance between them exerts a negative effect.’
      • ‘The construct of parental company liability has been left intact.’
      • ‘The application of parental company liability has significant effects on leniency applications, which should be carefully considered by corporate groups.’
      • ‘Joint ventures are treated very much like subsidiaries when it comes to parental liability.’
      • ‘They reacquired the parental business and entered into a new partnership.’
      • ‘The president now proposes to convert the current program into the parental version of the defined-contribution plan.’
      • ‘The brand does not seem to be pushing its parental pedigree.’
      • ‘The commission prefers to bypass pure ‘intermediate companies’, even if 100 per cent parental control is exercised indirectly through them.’
      • ‘Hotel bookings, transportation, corporate get-togethers, product launches, etc. would be taken care of by the parental company.’
      • ‘A popular contractual enhancement is the parental guarantee—a promise on the part of the parent corporation to be responsible for the debts of its corporate subsidiary.’

noun

the parentals
US
informal
  • A person's parents.

    ‘I may revisit this diner if the parentals are in town’

Pronunciation

parental

/pəˈrɛnt(ə)l/