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
Examples of maternal in a Sentence
Traditionally the focus has been on communicable (infectious) disease and maternal and child care.
The main cause of maternal death ... is postpartum hemorrhage, which is highly preventable with the right resources.
Maternal justice is about ensuring that every mom-to-be is listened to and treated with dignity and respect during and after childbirth.
These countries tend to have generous paternal leave and maternal leave, offer free preschool and have good overall public education systems.
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.
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Translations for maternal
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- 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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