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maternal vs. fraternal
[ muh-tur-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.
[ fruh-tur-nl ]
- of or befitting a brother or brothers; brotherly.
- of or being a society of men associated in brotherly union, as for mutual aid or benefit: a fraternal order; a fraternal association.