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as in:  maternal grandmother

She radiated a warm maternal affection for her niece.
  relating to a mother; or characteristic of parents — such as to care for and help to develop
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maternal maternally
Strongly Associated with:   paternal, paternal, paternity
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  • She radiated a warm maternal affection for her niece.
  • maternal genes
  • In pushing for a global campaign to reduce maternal deaths, it’s crucial to avoid exaggerated claims.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • I adore Ellen Abbott, I love how protective and maternal she gets about all the missing women on her show, and how rabid-dog vicious she is once she seizes on a suspect, usually the husband.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • I preferred staying in Karshat with my cousins on my maternal side because they had a concrete house with a bathroom and there were lots of children to play with.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • The most maternal of the peculiars, Bronwyn was more like a mother to the young ones than even Miss Peregrine.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Annette had a maternal instinct that was a force of nature and helped me navigate the official rules, like remembering the counts, and the PAC numbers, and what thy I was allowed to bring my clothes to the laundry to be washed.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • My second error was insisting on a female infant or child, when I should have known that a girl would likely do best with a maternal presence.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But she had to admit, she felt maternal toward Christina.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • I looked forward to going to synagogue services with my maternal grandparents, with whom I was especially close.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box

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  • Abby used to worry about becoming forgetful, because her maternal grandfather had ended up with dementia.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Later, in the spring, of course, I was introduced to the winds and thunderstorms and the fog seemed almost maternal in comparison.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • A strange sorcery which I could never quite pin down, it had to do both with her Europeanness and something that was obscurely, seductively maternal.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • All wifely solicitude and womanly kindness, with a small dab o’ maternal pity mixed in.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But her maternal grandmother, her treasured Nan, had given her a gift with so many questions.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • When she speaks, it is with the pitch of maternal determination.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • ADDICTION Enrique, now fifteen, gathers his clothing and goes to his maternal grandmother.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • "I know nothing about our maternal grandparents," he said.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • A little apart from the rest, sunk in deep maternal bliss, lay the largest sow of the lot.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • But her maternal grandmother, Munawar, made a point of acknowledging and aiding the poor whenever she could.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • When he gathered his wits, the Bird was crouching over him, making a sympathetic, almost maternal sound, a sort of Awwww.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Mariam’s soft maternal voice went on, brought a degree of comfort to her.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • "I can tell you like him," she said, eyebrows raised, as if this observation required some uniquely maternal instinct.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Or Sonja, who needed salve on her own maternal wounds.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • She was a young female practising her maternal skills.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Her maternal instinct told her that Natasha had too much of something, and that because of this she would not be happy.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She wasn’ really the maternal sort.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • They fell prisoner to a childlike fear of maternal authority.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Staring not so much from maternal joy as from a wish to avoid seeing his legs dangling almost to the floor.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • So the maternal admonition seemed rather to fail of effect.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He says I have different personalities: that my Lingala is sweet and maternal, but in English I’m sarcastic.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • And yet, this is something of a mockery because of her lack of maternal instincts or the ability to care for her young.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • They are descended, on the maternal side, from the same noble line; and, on the father’s, from respectable, honourable, and ancient—though untitled—families.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Well, that severed maternal relations for the afternoon, and I had no intention of waiting for Bore to come home.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • There was a maternal edge to her feelings for her younger brother.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • At length she spoke, though her tones had lost their rich and calm fullness, in an expression of tenderness that seemed maternal.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • His father was a High Chief, a King; his uncle a High Priest; and on the maternal side he boasted aunts who were the wives of unconquerable warriors.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The Bishop was accustomed to listen in silence to these innocent and pardonable maternal boasts.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Odysseus’ maternal grandfather, a trickster.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • With almost maternal solicitude she urged him to let his nature open to the full: she became his confessor.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • His older half brother, Tony, spent most of his time with his maternal grandparents or with his father in the Murphy Homes Projects in West Baltimore.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The notion of maternal instincts in giant dinosaurs-and the drawings of cute babies poking their snouts out of the eggs-had appeal around the world.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • And while he was learning she had a fond and maternal indulgence and patience for his errors.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I had a picture of Mrs. Willard, with her heather-mixture tweeds and her sensible shoes and her wise, maternal maxims.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • On the other side of Henrietta’s family, her maternal great-grandfather was a white man named Albert Lacks, who’d inherited part of the Lacks Plantation in 1885, when his father divided his land among his three white sons: Winston, Benjamin, and Albert.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Charity carried the friendless thing to the house of its rich maternal relations; it was reared by an aunt-in-law, called (I come to names now) Mrs. Reed of Gateshead.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She gave him a strange maternal grin.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Because what did it mean if the greatest love I’d ever felt in my nine lives, the first true sense of family, of maternal instinct, was for an alien life-form? I shoved the thought away.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The remains were cremated and buried in the grounds of the Night of the Lotus Temple, of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, near his maternal family home in Nagatsuka.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
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Associated words [difficulty]:   maternal [2] , paternal [4] , paternal [4] , paternity [6]
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