What is the female equivalent of fraternal?
- A mother has a maternal relationship to a male child. - A father has a paternal relationship to that male child. - A brother has a fraternal relationship to that male child.

But, what is the sibling sister's relationship to that male child?

I was filling out a medical form when I realized I had no idea how to properly label the relationship. Of course, a cheap "mother" "father" "brother" "sister" could work, (and does work for millions of unwitting Americans), but, I've always felt it was wholly incorrect to label my relationship to my child as "father" rather than as "paternal".

Hence my question:
- What is the designation of the relationship of a female sibling to her brother properly called?
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sororal

Stephen Oakes
What is the female equivalent of fraternal? - A mother has a maternal relationship to a male child. - A ... Hence my question: - What is the designation of the relationship of a female sibling to her brother properly called?

Sororal appears in AHD, though it's not commonly heard. See how they react to 'sibbish'.

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On 9 Mar 2005 18:54:48 -0800, "Shaft Drive"
What is the female equivalent of fraternal? - A mother has a maternal relationship to a male child. - A ... Hence my question: - What is the designation of the relationship of a female sibling to her brother properly called?

"Sororal" is the form for sister, but no reader of the form would have the slightest idea of what you meant.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
What is the female equivalent of fraternal?

This came up in a recent online chat in which I was participating, and my rather flippant reply was that perhaps "sororal" shout fit. Turns out that it's in many dictionaries, with a definition of "sisterly," or "like or characteristic of or befitting a sister," etc. I'd never seen or heard it used before, but you just never know...
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What is the female equivalent of fraternal? - A mother ... relationship of a female sibling to her brother properly called?

"Sororal" is the form for sister, but no reader of the form would have the slightest idea of what you meant.

Not even one who knows about Fraternities nad Sororities?
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"Sororal" is the form for sister, but no reader of the form would have the slightest idea of what you meant.

Not even one who knows about Fraternities nad Sororities?

After I posted, I was thinking that the National Recording Secretary of Chi Omega would probably know the word. However, my daughter - who is a Chi Omega - wouldn't.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
On 9 Mar 2005 18:54:48 -0800, "Shaft Drive"
What is the female equivalent of fraternal?

Sororal, as already provided. U.S. sororities might use it in their publications. It occassionally appears in legal documents though it is not a preferred term, "sisterly" being sufficient and plain in meaning most of the time. Example: "X and Y, sisters, agree that X's provision of ova and/or other genetic material to Y occurs due to sororal affection alone; no contractual understanding or bargain or expectation of legal consideration, either to the other, shall be regarded as existing in association with their sororal agreement."
But, what is the sibling sister's relationship to that male child?

"Sister". Sororal is an adjective. The proper name of the relationship of a sibling sister to a sibling brother is "sister".
I was filling out a medical form when I realized I had no idea how to properly label the relationship. ... I've always felt it was wholly incorrect to label my relationship to my child as "father" rather than as "paternal".

The proper label or name of your relationship to your children is "father". "Paternal" would be useful as an adjective, such as in "X, while an active paternal caregiver, has not achieved psychological presence as a parent in the minds of the subject children within the last 3 years. They regard Y as their father, despite X being their actual biological and legal father. Therefore X's claim that the children are subject to paternal deprivation according to the Tyson standard is false, and instead granting X's request would newly create paternal deprivation under Tyson if X cannot in fact improve his paternal efforts to achieve actual psychological presence as a father in his children's minds."
"Sister" can refer to a genetic or a kinship relationship, while "sororal" has only been used for kinship relations, which might coincide with a genetic relationship or might not. In most US states (and most European kinship systems I believe) genetic relationships and kinship relationships do not necessarily mirror each other in all details. A "blood" sister and an adopted sister are equally or identically sisters in kinship relations, at least as kinship is defined in most US states, though genetically they are radically different. This is something to keep in mind when filling out medical forms and deciding whether to use the proper "sister" or craft some sort of complex term that lets you sneak "sororal" in.
Hence my question: - What is the designation of the relationship of a female sibling to her brother properly called?

Sister.
What is the female equivalent of fraternal? - A mother has a maternal relationship to a male child. - A ... I've always felt it was wholly incorrect to label my relationship to my child as "father" rather than as "paternal".

I sort of agree, except that "father" is short for "My relationship is that I am his father".
Hence my question: - What is the designation of the relationship of a female sibling to her brother properly called?

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