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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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