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Definitions of maternal

  1. Maternally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. related on the mother's side; "my maternal grandmother" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. characteristic of a mother; "warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Of or pertaining to a mother; becoming to a mother; motherly; as, maternal love; maternal tenderness. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Motherly; derived from a mother; peculiar to motherhood; coming through the relationship of one's mother. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Belonging to a mother: motherly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Motherly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Pertaining to a mother. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. Pert. to a mother; befitting a mother; motherly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for maternal

  1. The force of these indignant pictures was heightened and relieved by moving appeal to all the tender joys of maternal solicitude, and thoughts of all that this solicitude could do for the happiness of the home, the father, and the young. – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  2. Lisa looked at it with a maternal and a prophetic eye. – Marm Lisa by Kate Douglas Wiggin
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