American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or characteristic of a mother or motherhood; motherly: maternal instinct.
- adj. Inherited from one's mother: a maternal trait.
- adj. Related through one's mother: my maternal uncle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a mother or to motherhood; proper to a mother; motherly: as, maternal love or authority; maternal pains or cares.
- Relating to or consisting of mothers; concerning the state of motherhood: as, a maternal association; a maternal hospital.
- Coming from or through a mother; imparted by or connected with one's mother: as, a maternal inheritance; a maternal uncle or cousin; maternal ancestry or lineage.
- Of or pertaining to the country of one's birth; native; vernacular.
- Synonyms Parental, etc. See motherly.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly.
- adj. Related through the mother, or her side of the family.
- adj. anatomy, medicine Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a mother; becoming to a mother; motherly.
- adj. relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
- adj. characteristic of a mother
- adj. relating to or derived from one's mother
- adj. related on the mother's side
- From Middle French maternel or post-Classical Latin māternālis ("maternal"), from māternus ("maternal"), from māter ("mother"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French maternel, from Medieval Latin māternālis, from Latin māternus, from māter, mother. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“IV. ii.35 (435,9) From her maternal sap] [W: material] I suppose no reader doubts but the word should be _maternal_.”
“This, my friends, is what they call maternal instinct.”
“If the grizzlies are united by an anti-establishment fury rooted in maternal concern, then it's fair to ask what their records show they've done for kids.”
“Violence against women and girls, inadequate or more expensive healthcare, forced marriage, declines in maternal health, sex trafficking, and the inability to access funding for economic opportunities and education are just a few.”
“The report is pessimistic about reduction in maternal mortality saying that although coverage of skilled-delivery care increased in 12 countries, others had little or no improvement.”
“Since then, new data have emerged suggesting not only an increase in maternal fecundity but also larger paternal family sizes for homosexuals.”
“Progress on MDG-5, for example, focused on improving maternal health, has been strong,, yet achievement of the goal, a two-thirds reduction in maternal mortality by 2015, is unlikely at this point.”
“To put it plainly, less than half of a tenth of a percent of unsafe abortions result in maternal death.”
“Members of the G8 can make a tangible difference in maternal and child health and Canada will be making this the top priority in June.”
“But should abortion be included in maternal health in the developing world?”
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