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  • adj. Not maternal; not befitting a mother.


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  • I'm biologically old enough to be Unky Dave's mother but I find him adorable in a wholly unmaternal way.

    blog: Our house

  • What's worse, Webster himself dies early on, sticking the manifestly unmaternal Vix with both a kid and a curse to deal with.

    The Warslayer

  • And how much he owed her for pointing out to him perpetually where the weaknesses lay within him-not to mention for giving him some wonderfully worldly and unmaternal advice.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • (The archaism of the word, not to speak of the unmaternal character of most of the women themselves, does not recommend it.)

    The White Goddess!

  • Clawa, moaned Maud, giving a jerk to the Paris doll which she held upside down by one leg in the most unmaternal manner.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • And I have always been struck by the attitude of the women who have discussed it – an attitude which, judged by the conventional or Raphaelesque standard, might be described as typically unfeminine and unmaternal – since their sympathies were invariably and unreservedly on the side of the erring mother, and I cannot remember having heard a single woman's voice raised in defence of the right to its life of the unwanted child.

    Marriage as a Trade

  • Flossie never pursued her vision of Muriel Maud beyond the period of enchanting infancy; when it outgrew the tender folly of those garments, it was dismissed from Flossie's fancy with unmaternal harshness.

    The Divine Fire

  • For a moment David longed even for that unmaternal mother who had forgotten him in the hour of his distress; but she had been dead for many years.

    A Mountain Woman

  • She gazed after the girl who left her, and into her eyes came a look which one must have called strangely unmaternal -- a look not tender, but hard, calculating, cold.

    The Law of the Land

  • "Yes, she's somewhere round," returned Nan, with most unmaternal carelessness.

    Little Men: Life at Plumfield With Jo's Boys


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