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maternityadjective [not gradable]

 us   /məˈtɜr·nɪ·t̬i/
relating to a period during which a woman is pregnant and has a baby, and often to a period following this: Anita passed along some used maternity clothes (= clothes worn when she was pregnant). She asked about the company’s maternity benefits.

maternitynoun [U]

 us   /məˈtɜr·nɪ·t̬i/
the state of being a mother: issues of reproduction, maternity, and women’s health
Maternity leave is a period in which a woman is allowed to be absent from work in the weeks before and after she gives birth.
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