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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 from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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