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English definition of “maternal”


adjective     /məˈtɜː.nəl/ US  /-ˈtɝː-/
behaving or feeling in the way that a mother does towards her child , especially in a kind , loving way: maternal instincts She is very maternal towards her staff . → Compare paternalKind and thoughtful related to a mother's side of the family : Her maternal grandmother (= mother's mother ) is still alive .Family relations in general maternally     /-i/ adverb Family relations in general
(Definition of maternal adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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