Definitions for maternalməˈtɜr nl

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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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