Definition of parental in US English:



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

    ‘parental responsibility’
    ‘parental leave’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These characters inhabit a sexless preadolescent world where the strongest emotion seems to be mindless rage against an unseen parental figure.’
    • ‘The origins of the character were steeped in repressed memories and parental abuse.’
    • ‘His parents appear to act out of love, out of the parental instinct to protect their child.’
    • ‘Lower parental income might also restrict access to funds for education among these youth.’
    • ‘Keep conversations focused on the kids to keep them out of the middle of parental comments.’
    • ‘He has an overweight daughter, to whom he pays no real parental attention.’
    • ‘All three stories focus on women with serious parental issues.’
    • ‘Child welfare is recommending that her parental rights be terminated.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to an animal or plant from which new ones are derived.
      ‘parental roots in adult plants’
      • ‘Local units began developing inbred parental lines and breeding stock that the seed trade would use to create proprietary varieties.’
      • ‘The number of muscle cells is largely genetically determined by the parental genotype.’
      • ‘He specializes in spawning the parental stocks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has been evaluating 53 accessions of hairy vetch in the USDA germ plasm collection to identify plants useful as parental material.’
      • ‘Offspring were cured from parental diseases by the removing of the affected gene.’
      • ‘One possibility leading to the skewed sex ratios for some bulls could be parental hormone levels.’
      • ‘By evaluating 451 clover lines, they hope to find parental breeding material with these desirable characteristics.’
      • ‘When tested in experimentally infected pigs, this generated virus showed characteristics similar to its parental wild type.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hotel bookings, transportation, corporate get-togethers, product launches, etc. would be taken care of by the parental company.’
      • ‘The construct of parental company liability has been left intact.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The application of parental company liability has significant effects on leniency applications, which should be carefully considered by corporate groups.’
      • ‘The commission prefers to bypass pure ‘intermediate companies’, even if 100 per cent parental control is exercised indirectly through them.’
      • ‘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 parentals
  • A person's parents.

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