Definition of parental in English:



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

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


the parentals
  • A person's parents.

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