characteristic of a mother
"warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers
relating to or derived from one's mother
parental, maternal, paternal(adj)
relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
enate, enatic, maternal(p)(adj)
related on the mother's side
"my maternal grandmother"
Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly.
His weakness seemed to bring out her maternal instincts.
Related through the mother, or her side of the family.
Toby is my maternal uncle.
Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.
Origin: From maternel or post-Classical maternalis, from maternus, from mater.
of or pertaining to a mother; becoming to a mother; motherly; as, maternal love; maternal tenderness
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ma-tėr′nal, adj. belonging to a mother: motherly.—adv. Mater′nally.—n. Mater′nity, the state, character, or relation of a mother: motherhood: a lying-in hospital. [Fr. maternel (It. maternale)—L. maternus—mater, mother.]
The numerical value of maternal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of maternal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Given how prevalent maternal depression is, and that risky adolescent behaviors are associated with poor long-term outcomes in adulthood, we thought better evidence in this area could be really useful.
I think the evidence base is getting quite strong for an increased risk of autism with higher maternal exposure to air pollutants, this not only gives us important insight as we continue to pursue the origins of autism spectrum disorders, but as a modifiable exposure, opens the door to thinking about possible preventative measures.
Given that multiple factors seem to contribute to falling in the lower 5 percent on school readiness measures - including living in an impoverished household, primary language other than English, lower maternal education, and black maternal race, as well as late preterm( birth) - it is reasonable to believe that the reasons why some late preterm children are at risk are multi-factorial.
Given that multiple factors seem to contribute to falling in the lower 5 percent on school readiness measures - including living in an impoverished household, primary language other than English, lower maternal education, and black maternal race, as well as late preterm (birth) - it is reasonable to believe that the reasons why some late preterm children are at risk are multi-factorial.
God knows that a mother needs fortitude and courage and tolerance and flexibility and patience and firmness and nearly every other brave aspect of the human soul. But because I happen to be a parent of almost fiercely maternal nature, I praise casualness . It seems to me the rarest of virtues. It is useful enough when children are small. It is important to the point of necessity when they are adolescents.
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Translations for maternal
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- εκ μητρός, μητρικός, [[από]] [[την]] [[πλευρά]] [[της]] [[μητέραGreek
- maternal, maternoSpanish
- äidinpuoleinen, äidillinenFinnish
- taobh màtharScottish Gaelic
- [[մոր]] [[կողմից]], մայրականArmenian
- 母方, 母系の, 母性Japanese
- māternus, māternālisLatin
- moederlijk, langs moeders kantDutch
- matczyny, macierzyńskiPolish
- materno, maternalPortuguese
- с материнской стороны, материнскийRussian
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