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MATERNAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does maternal mean? 

MATERNAL (adjective)
  The adjective MATERNAL has 4 senses:

1. characteristic of a mother
2. relating to or derived from one's mother
3. relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
4. related on the mother's side

  Familiarity information: MATERNAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MATERNAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Characteristic of a mother

Context example:

warm maternal affection for her guest

Similar:

maternalistic (showing maternal instincts)

motherlike (suggestive of or acting like a mother)

motherly (befitting a mother; warm and nurturing)

Also:

matriarchal (characteristic of a matriarchy)

Attribute:

maternal quality; maternalism; maternity; motherliness (the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother)

Antonym:

paternal (characteristic of a father)


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Meaning:

Relating to or derived from one's mother

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

maternal genes

Pertainym:

mother (a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother))


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Meaning:

Relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

Synonyms:

parental; maternal; paternal

Context example:

parental guidance


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Meaning:

Related on the mother's side

Synonyms:

enate; enatic; maternal

Context example:

my maternal grandmother

Similar:

related (connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage)


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