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  1. pa·ter
  2. noun

    • 1. father:

      the pater gives her fifty pounds a year as a dress allowance
    • 2. a person's legal father:

      a man's genitor was not necessarily the same individual as his pater
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: pater, plural noun: paters

    • noun


      a person's legal father:

    • (1839–94), English essayist and critic; full name Walter Horatio Pater. His Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873) had a major impact on the development of the Aesthetic Movement.
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