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English definition of “maternal”

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
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