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English definition of “maternal”

maternal

adjective     /məˈtɜːnəl/
LIKE A MOTHER like a mother : I've never had much of a maternal instinct (= natural ability to be a good mother ).Family relations in general
MOTHER'S FAMILY [always before noun] A maternal relation is part of your mother's family : He's my maternal grandfather .Family relations in general
(Definition of maternal adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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