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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
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(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.
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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.
Rosamond could not avoid meeting her glance, could not avoid putting her small hand into Dorothea's, which clasped it with gentle motherliness; and immediately a doubt of her own prepossessions began to stir within her.
Withal, she was sheerly feminine, tender and soft and clinging, with the smouldering passion of the mate and the motherliness of the woman.
The paintings show a woman and boy in a garden, which members of the Qing court would know symbolised fertility and motherliness. The ewer was once in the inventory of the Palace of Eternal Longevity, where high-status imperial women lived.
Scholars have long contended with the pressing significance of respectability to femininity, as Franco (2010) continued to do in her study of women in Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, explaining that, still, femininity is constituted by dominant notions of sexual responsibility, motherliness, virtuousness and containment.
I think that was the unlikely key to Pam's success--her motherliness. She ran the magazine the way a mother would.
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. (2) Women were still relegated to passive roles crystallized in the image of the Madonna.
Despite their almost masculine appearance, the women were not expected to deny their motherliness. They were mothers, caregivers, nurses and cooks.
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.
Golda Meir was special for Kirk--'for years, she had been the Socialist Internationals biggest star.' Meir's 'aura of folksy motherliness and cold political skills' would have appealed to him.