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Definition relating to a mother; or characteristic of parents — such as to care for and help to develop
  • She radiated a warm maternal affection for her niece.
maternal = characteristic of a mother — such as wanting to care for and help to develop
  • 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
  • maternal = relating to a mother
  • my maternal grandmother
  • ...the maternal instinct was very strong, and she was entirely absorbed in her children, to the utter exclusion of everything and everybody else.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Jahan had completed her maternal health training course, but elected to stay in Skardu and continue her studies.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • That might require your maternal influence.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Or Sonja, who needed salve on her own maternal wounds.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • And no matter how old they are, many still have a strong maternal instinct.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • He swindled his own son and spent his money, his maternal inheritance, on trying to get his mistress from him.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • 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
  • Mariam's soft maternal voice went on, brought a degree of comfort to her.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • In every argument with her mother, Susan had in point of reason the advantage, and never was there any maternal tenderness to buy her off.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • He says I have different personalities: that my Lingala is sweet and maternal, but in English I'm sarcastic.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The niece was now mortified by innumerable chickens, who rushed up to her feet for food, and by a shameless and maternal sow.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Beaming maternally on Ethan, she bent over to add: "I on'y just heard from Mr. Hale 'bout Zeena's going over to Bettsbridge to see that new doctor.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • He must have heard that his maternal grandparents had been reduced to this life.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • 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
  • Richter came around the table to give Max a maternal hug and flick a stray leaf from his shoulder.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Even the maternal passion in Mrs. Penniman would have been romantic and factitious, and Catherine was not constituted to inspire a romantic passion.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square

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