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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bayard Roberts:

    Traditionally the focus has been on communicable (infectious) disease and maternal and child care.

  2. Alain Nteff:

    Our mission is really to create a world of mothers who are gifted. A world that is free of maternal and infant death -- a world of gifted moms.

  3. Rom Dongeto:

    Women are dying from maternal complications, teens are getting pregnant and people are dying from HIV-related causes. Lives of Filipino citizens are at stake.

  4. Frederic Amant:

    Our results show that fear of cancer treatment is no reason to terminate a pregnancy, that maternal treatment should not be delayed and that chemotherapy can be given.

  5. Arshad Mahmood Director of Advocacy:

    At this rate and with only less than 300 days left to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) deadline, Pakistan is not on track to meet the target of reducing maternal mortality.

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