Definitions for maternalməˈtɜr nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ma•ter•nalməˈtɜr nl(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother.

  2. related through a mother:

    his maternal aunt.

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  3. derived or inherited from a mother.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of maternal:

1475–85; < ML māternālis= L mātern(us) (mātermother1+-nus adj. suffix) +-ālis -al1

ma•ter′nal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. maternal(adj)

    characteristic of a mother

    "warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers

  2. maternal(adj)

    relating to or derived from one's mother

    "maternal genes"

  3. parental, maternal, paternal(adj)

    relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

    "parental guidance"

  4. enate, enatic, maternal(p)(adj)

    related on the mother's side

    "my maternal grandmother"

Wiktionary

  1. maternal(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly.

    His weakness seemed to bring out her maternal instincts.

  2. maternal(Adjective)

    Related through the mother, or her side of the family.

    Toby is my maternal uncle.

  3. maternal(Adjective)

    Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.

  4. Origin: From maternel or post-Classical maternalis, from maternus, from mater.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maternal(adj)

    of or pertaining to a mother; becoming to a mother; motherly; as, maternal love; maternal tenderness


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

maternal(adjective)

of or like a mother

maternal feelings.

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