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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. Paul Selden:

    Whereas we expected that spiders had maternal instincts from their very beginning, it is, nevertheless, very nice to have actual physical evidence from the fossil record about 100 million years ago.

  2. Kobe Bryant:

    I'll never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father-daughter dance with her daddy, dance on the dance floor with me or have babies of her own, gianna would have been an amazing mommy. She was very maternal ever since she was really little.

  3. Alba Pasini:

    This case study is really important, since it testifies that a medical approach to maternal morbidity actually existed during the Lombard period, despite the rejection of the scientific progress which denoted all the Early Middle Age, also, it shows two rare findings, since post-mortem fetal extrusion is a quite rare phenomenon( especially in archaeological specimens), while only a few examples of trepanation are known for the European Early Middle Age.

  4. Blanche Greene-Cramer:

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

  5. Kelli Ryckman:

    Even though some of the effects are small, Maternal STIs do appear to increase your chance of delivering preterm.

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