[ muh-tur-nl ]
/ məˈtɜr nl /
of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother: maternal instincts.
related through a mother: his maternal aunt.
derived from a mother: maternal genes.
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Origin of maternal
OTHER WORDS FROM maternal
ma·ter·nal·ism, nounma·ter·nal·is·tic, adjectivema·ter·nal·ly, adverbnon·ma·ter·nal, adjective
non·ma·ter·nal·ly, adverbqua·si-ma·ter·nal, adjectivequa·si-ma·ter·nal·ly, adverbun·ma·ter·nal, adjectiveun·ma·ter·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for maternalistic
/ (məˈtɜːnəl) /
of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of a mother
related through the mother's side of the familyhis maternal uncle
Derived forms of maternalmaternalism, nounmaternalistic, adjectivematernally, adverb
Word Origin for maternal
C15: from Medieval Latin māternālis, from Latin māternus, from māter mother
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Medical definitions for maternalistic
[ mə-tûr′nəl ]
Relating to or characteristic of a mother.
Inherited from one's mother.
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