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məˈtɜr nlma·ter·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. maternaladjective

    characteristic of a mother

    "warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers

  2. maternaladjective

    relating to or derived from one's mother

    "maternal genes"

  3. parental, maternal, paternaladjective

    relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

    "parental guidance"

  4. enate, enatic, maternal(p)adjective

    related on the mother's side

    "my maternal grandmother"

Wiktionary

  1. maternaladjective

    Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly.

    His weakness seemed to bring out her maternal instincts.

  2. maternaladjective

    Related through the mother, or her side of the family.

    Toby is my maternal uncle.

  3. maternaladjective

    Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.

  4. Etymology: From maternel or post-Classical maternalis, from maternus, from mater.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Maternaladjective

    Motherly; befitting or pertaining to a mother.

    Etymology: materne, Fr. maternus, Lat.

    The babe had all that infant care beguiles,
    And early knew his mother in her smiles:
    At his first aptness the maternal love
    Those rudiments of reason did improve. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maternaladjective

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. maternal

    The innate characteristic of a female human of being, acting and behaving like a responsible, just, fair and loving mother.

    The ladies always have this maternal instinct.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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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

Examples of maternal in a Sentence

  1. Blanche Greene-Cramer:

    The main cause of maternal death ... is postpartum hemorrhage, which is highly preventable with the right resources.

  2. Komal Chohan:

    I am heartbroken to confirm that my naniji (maternal grandmother), Amarjeet Kaur Johal, is among those killed in the senseless shooting at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis, i have several family members who work at the particular facility and are traumatized. My nani, my family, and our families should not feel unsafe at work, at their place of worship, or anywhere.

  3. Toronto Zoo:

    Er Shun is demonstrating excellent maternal instincts and began cleaning and cradling the first cub soon after its birth, while this is wonderful news, the tiny cubs are very vulnerable at this size, so the next several hours and days will be critical to their survival.

  4. Whitney Rice:

    [ People ] may seek unsafe ways of terminating a pregnancy and could have harmful consequences, you also have people who may sort of be forced to continue pregnancies to term and could have a risk of infant health outcomes that include low birth weight, preterm birth, or may have a risk of maternal mortality.

  5. Shira Goldenberg:

    This deeply concerning gap in supports for pregnant and parenting sex workers underscores the critical need for efforts to support reproductive rights and access to voluntary, respectful and appropriate maternal and parenting services for sex workers.

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