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1. Of, like, or appropriate to a mother: motherly love.
2. Showing the affection of a mother.
In a manner befitting a mother.

moth′er·li·ness n.
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Noun1.motherliness - the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mothermotherliness - the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother; "the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children"
parental quality - a quality appropriate to a parent
عَدَم وُجود أُم، يُتْم
mateřská láska
anyai szeretetanyaiasság
materinská láska
ana gibi olma


(ˈmaðə) noun
1. a female parent, especially human. John's mother lives in Manchester; (also adjective) The mother bird feeds her young.
2. (often with capital. also Mother Superior) the female leader of a group of nuns.
to care for as a mother does; to protect (sometimes too much). His wife tries to mother him.
ˈmotherhood noun
the state of being a mother.
ˈmotherless adjective
having no mother. The children were left motherless by the accident.
ˈmotherly adjective
like a mother; of, or suitable to, a mother. a motherly woman; motherly love.
ˈmotherliness noun
ˈmother-country, ˈmotherland (-land) nouns
the country where one was born.
ˈmother-in-lawplural ˈmothers-in-law noun
the mother of one's husband or wife.
ˌmother-of-ˈpearl noun, adjective
(of) the shining, hard, smooth substance on the inside of certain shells.
ˈmother-tongue noun
a person's native language. My mother-tongue is Hindi.
References in classic literature ?
And as for her own rejected suitor, Fairfax Munroe, except for a kind of grave and proper motherliness about his protecting manner, he absolutely was the most indistinctive of them all.
There was so much motherliness and full-heartedness even in the way she passed a plate of cakes or poured a cup of coffee, that it seemed to put a spirit into the food and drink she offered.
Withal, she was sheerly feminine, tender and soft and clinging, with the smouldering passion of the mate and the motherliness of the woman.
I think that was the unlikely key to Pam's success--her motherliness.
At the end of the 19th century, as noted by many scientists and anthropologists of the period, the essence of womanhood still rested upon virtues such as chastity, devotion and motherliness.
Despite their almost masculine appearance, the women were not expected to deny their motherliness.
And to his wife, poor soul, I was the image of him, the brilliant, dark-skinned prodigy, who needed to be rescued from the past by her anxious motherliness.
Meir's 'aura of folksy motherliness and cold political skills' would have appealed to him.
Puntini, Puntini, Puntini: Motherliness as Masquer ade in Sibilla Aleramo's Una donna.
But if the term "globe" is associated with pendulous breasts signifying motherliness, it is also, and more emphatically, linked with the Easter egg, "a world contained in sugar" (210), as Luke goes on to term it.
O'Connor responded with an open letter offered "in the spirit of motherliness and with love" praising Cyrus for her singing, but also advising her to be cautious of self-serving music execs who might have a strong influence on Cyrus's recent slew of overtly sexualized performances: "You have enough talent that you don't need to let the music business make a prostitute of you.
Sinead O'Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus, which she said was done in "spirit of motherliness and with love", not to be "prostituted by the music industry".