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a. Of or relating to brothers: a close fraternal tie.
b. Showing comradeship; brotherly.
a. Of or constituting a fraternity: a fraternal association.
b. Roman Catholic Church Of or constituting a mendicant order such as the Dominicans or Franciscans.
3. Biology Of, relating to, or being a twin developed from two separately fertilized ova; dizygotic.

[Middle English, from Old French fraternel, from Medieval Latin frāternālis, from Latin frāternus, from frāter, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots.]

fra·ter′nal·ism n.
fra·ter′nal·ly adv.


the condition of having brotherly qualities. — fraternalist, n.fraternalistic, adj.
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