What does maternal mean?

Definitions for maternalməˈtɜr nl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word maternal.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Maternal

    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. maternusmater, mother.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maternal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maternal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ian Colman:

    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.

  2. Marc Weisskopf:

    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.

  3. Veronica Hinton:

    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.

  4. Veronica Hinton:

    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.

  5. Phyllis Mcginley:

    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.

Images & Illustrations of maternal


Translations for maternal

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for maternal »

Translation

Find a translation for the maternal definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these maternal definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"maternal." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 23 Apr. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/maternal>.

Are we missing a good definition for maternal? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for maternal:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.