What does maternal mean?

Definitions for maternal
məˈtɜr nlma·ter·nal

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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

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.]

How to pronounce maternal?

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    Daniel
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How to say maternal in sign language?

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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. Bayard Roberts:

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

  2. Blanche Greene-Cramer:

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

  3. Ayanna Pressley:

    Maternal justice is about ensuring that every mom-to-be is listened to and treated with dignity and respect during and after childbirth.

  4. Deidre McPhillips:

    These countries tend to have generous paternal leave and maternal leave, offer free preschool and have good overall public education systems.

  5. 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.

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