What does maternal mean?

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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.

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

  2. maternaladjective

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

    Toby is my maternal uncle.

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

  3. maternaladjective

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

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

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. Florence Brown:

    But when we see an association between maternal higher( blood sugar) in pregnancy and worse offspring academic achievement we can not say that there is cause and effect, while the authors try to adjust for the effect of parental education on child educational performance, there may be other factors that influence offspring academic achievement.

  2. Harry Peachey:

    She did nurse one cub, but she didn’t nurse the other two, and she wasn’t bringing them toward her. She wasn’t doing all the things that we regard as normal maternal behavior.

  3. Deidre McPhillips:

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

  4. Margaret Boddie:

    Health literacy is a big issue in the older African American population because of how people were educated when they were young, my maternal grandmother, she had a third-grade education. My grandfather, he made it to the fifth grade. For many people, understanding the information that's put out, especially when it changes so often and people don't really understand why, is a challenge.

  5. Melinda Gates:

    I can go to a specific region and a specific state ... in Mexico and I can look and see exactly how we are doing on maternal health, child health and neonatal deaths, that tells me as a government how to act.

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