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"maternal" in British English

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maternaladjective

uk   /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 ​employees.
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related to a mother's ​side of the ​family: Her maternal ​grandmother (= mother's ​mother) is still ​alive.
maternally
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(Definition of maternal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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maternaladjective

 us   /məˈtɜr·nəl/
behaving or ​feeling as a ​mother does toward her ​child: maternal ​instincts Maternal also ​meansrelated by way of the ​mother: Alice’s maternal ​grandmother (= her mother’s ​mother) will be 90 next ​month.
(Definition of maternal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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