maternal definition

  • adjective:
    • associated with or characteristic of a mother or motherhood; motherly: maternal instinct.
    • Inherited from one's mother: a maternal characteristic.
    • Related through one's mother: my maternal uncle.
    • Of or related to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly.
    • Related through mother, or the woman region of the family members.
    • produced by the caretaker as opposed to the foetus during maternity.
    • Of or related to a mother; getting to a mother; motherly
    • associated with or characteristic of or befitting a parent
    • characteristic of a mother
    • concerning or produced from one's mom
    • associated on mama's side
  • others:
    • related to a mother or to motherhood; proper to a mother; motherly: as, maternal love or expert; maternal pains or cares.
    • associated with or composed of mothers; concerning the condition of motherhood: as, a maternal relationship; a maternal hospital.
    • from or through a mother; imparted by or associated with a person's mama: since, a maternal inheritance; a maternal uncle or relative; maternal ancestry or lineage.
    • Of or related to the country of the delivery; indigenous; vernacular.
    • Synonyms Parental, etc. See motherly.

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