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ma·ter·nal

 (mə-tûr′nəl)
adj.
1. Relating to or characteristic of a mother or motherhood; motherly: maternal instinct.
2. Inherited from one's mother: a maternal trait.
3. Related through one's mother: my maternal uncle.

[Middle English, from Old French maternel, from Medieval Latin māternālis, from Latin māternus, from māter, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]

ma·ter′nal·ism n.
ma·ter′nal·ly adv.

maternal

(məˈtɜːnəl)
adj
1. of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of a mother
2. related through the mother's side of the family: his maternal uncle.
[C15: from Medieval Latin māternālis, from Latin māternus, from māter mother]
maˈternalism n
maˌternalˈistic adj
maˈternally adv

ma•ter•nal

(məˈtɜr nl)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother.
2. related through a mother: his maternal aunt.
3. derived or inherited from a mother.
[1475–85; < Medieval Latin māternālis= Latin mātern(us) (māter mother1 + -nus adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1]
ma•ter′nal•ism, n.
ma•ter`nal•is′tic, adj.
ma•ter′nal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.maternal - characteristic of a mothermaternal - characteristic of a mother; "warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers
matriarchal - characteristic of a matriarchy
paternal - characteristic of a father
2.maternal - relating to or derived from one's mother; "maternal genes"
3.maternal - relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parentmaternal - relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent; "parental guidance"
4.maternal - related on the mother's sidematernal - related on the mother's side; "my maternal grandmother"
related - connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage

maternal

adjective motherly, protective, nurturing, maternalistic Her feelings towards him were maternal.
Translations
أمّي، كشُعور الأممُتَعَلِقٌ بِالْأُمِّمن جِهَة الأم
mateřskýz matčiny strany
moderlig
äidillinen
אימהי
majčinskimajkinmajčin
anyai
móîur-úr móîurætt
母性の
어머니의
iš motinos pusėskaip motinamotiniškaimotiniškasmotinos
mātes-no mātes puses
z matkinej strany
moderlig
เกี่ยวกับมารดา
anneanne tarafındananneliğe aitannelik
thuộc mẹ

maternal

[məˈtɜːnl] ADJ
1. (= motherly) [woman, behaviour, instinct] → maternal; [feelings, love] → maternal, de madre
2. (= on the mother's side) → materno (por parte de madre)
maternal aunttía f materna (por parte de madre)
maternal grandfatherabuelo m materno (por parte de madre)

maternal

[məˈtɜːrnəl] adj
[instinct] → maternel(le)
[grandmother, grandfather] → maternel(le)

maternal

adjmütterlich; maternal grandfatherGroßvater mütterlicherseits; maternal affection or loveMutterliebe f; maternal instinctsMutterinstinkte pl, → mütterliche Instinkte pl; to be maternal to somebodysich jdm gegenüber mütterlich or wie eine Mutter verhalten; maternal health caremedizinische Betreuung für Mütter; maternal death rateMüttersterblichkeit f

maternal

[məˈtɜːnl] adjmaterno/a

maternal

(məˈtəːnl) adjective
1. of or like a mother. maternal feelings.
2. related on the mother's side of the family. my maternal grandfather.
maˈternally adverb

maternal

مُتَعَلِقٌ بِالْأُمِّ mateřský moderlig mütterlich μητρικός maternal äidillinen maternel majčinski materno 母性の 어머니의 moederlijk moderlig materialny maternal материнский moderlig เกี่ยวกับมารดา annelik thuộc mẹ 母性的

ma·ter·nal

a. maternal, materno-a, rel. a la madre;
___ fetal exchangeintercambio maternofetal;
___ welfarebienestar materno.

maternal

adj materno; (motherly) maternal; — grandfather abuelo materno; — instinct instinto maternal
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I should like to look at the creature'; if it is a true Iroquois I can tell him by his knavish look, and by his paint," said the scout; stepping past the charger of Heyward, and entering the path behind the mare of the singing master, whose foal had taken advantage of the halt to exact the maternal contribution.
To say the truth, there was much need of professional assistance, not merely for Hester herself, but still more urgently for the child -- who, drawing its sustenance from the maternal bosom, seemed to have drank in with it all the turmoil, the anguish and despair, which pervaded the mother's system.
His father was a High Chief, a King; his uncle a High Priest; and on the maternal side he boasted aunts who were the wives of unconquerable warriors.
He was a little frisky; though as yet his body seemed scarce yet recovered from that irksome position it had so lately occupied in the maternal reticule; where, tail to head, and all ready for the final spring, the unborn whale lies bent like a Tartar's bow.
For a year or two Eliza saw her husband frequently, and there was nothing to interrupt their happiness, except the loss of two infant children, to whom she was passionately attached, and whom she mourned with a grief so intense as to call for gentle remonstrance from her mistress, who sought, with maternal anxiety, to direct her naturally passionate feelings within the bounds of reason and religion.
Sometimes a bellowing infant who had clean forgotten his verse would cast himself bodily on the maternal bosom and be borne out into the open air, where he was sometimes kissed and occasionally spanked; but in any case the failure added an extra dash of gloom and dread to the occasion.
John Knightley, that in spite of maternal solicitude for the immediate enjoyment of her little ones, and for their having instantly all the liberty and attendance, all the eating and drinking, and sleeping and playing, which they could possibly wish for, without the smallest delay, the children were never allowed to be long a disturbance to him, either in themselves or in any restless attendance on them.
The contempt which she had, very early in their acquaintance, felt for her daughter-in-law, was very much increased by the farther knowledge of her character, which half a year's residence in her family afforded; and perhaps in spite of every consideration of politeness or maternal affection on the side of the former, the two ladies might have found it impossible to have lived together so long, had not a particular circumstance occurred to give still greater eligibility, according to the opinions of Mrs.
Charity carried the friendless thing to the house of its rich maternal relations; it was reared by an aunt-in-law, called (I come to names now) Mrs.
This touched Young Jerry on a tender place; who adjured his mother to perform her first duty, and, whatever else she did or neglected, above all things to lay especial stress on the discharge of that maternal function so affectingly and delicately indicated by his other parent.
Like du Bousquier, like the Chevalier de Valois, she had a policy of her own; she was on the watch for circumstances, awaiting the propitious moment for a move with the shrewdness of maternal instinct.
Only in discerning between the Father and the Mother would the Circular infant find problems for the exercise of its understanding -- problems too often likely to be corrupted by maternal impostures with the result of shaking the child's faith in all logical conclusions.

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