What does maternal mean?

Definitions for maternal
məˈtɜr nlma·ter·nal

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word maternal.

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.

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

  2. maternal(Adjective)

    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. maternal(Adjective)

    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. 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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. maternal

    The innate characteristic of a female human being to be, act and behave 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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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. Nicole Trunfio:

    When I saw the cover of me breastfeeding, which was unplanned and just natural, I teared up and thought, ‘Wow this is such a special moment where my worlds have collided’, there’s the maternal side of me, who so loves being a mum, and the professional side, who’s so passionate about her career.

  2. 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.

  3. Georges Benjamin:

    We look at the whole range of maternal-child health care as a great barometer of access to care, because there has been an emphasis over many years of making sure that women and children -- even low-income women and children -- get access to health care.

  4. Elliott Main:

    You would think that maternal mortality would be a very simple thing to measure -- a mother dies -- but it can be a bit tricky to determine whether a woman was pregnant or that the death was related to the pregnancy, it gets much more challenging when you're looking at causes that are not directly tied to the pregnancy, like blood clots or cardiovascular disease in particular, heart attacks, cardiomyopathy, and related complications.

  5. Kristi Watterberg:

    I think we as medical professionals need to do a better job of recognizing that birth does not necessarily need to be medicalized, a lot of women don't want to come to the hospital where they automatically have an IV started and they do this and that and put them on a monitor. [ In home births ], there's less maternal intervention and the C-section rate is much lower.

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