maternal

[muh-tur-nl]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother: maternal instincts.
2.
related through a mother: his maternal aunt.
3.
derived from a mother: maternal genes.

Origin:
1475–85; < Medieval Latin māternālis, equivalent to Latin mātern(us) (māter mother + -nus adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1

maternalism, noun
maternalistic, adjective
maternally, adverb
nonmaternal, adjective
nonmaternally, adverb
quasi-maternal, adjective
quasi-maternally, adverb
unmaternal, adjective
unmaternally, adverb
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maternal (məˈtɜːnəl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of a mother
2.  related through the mother's side of the family: his maternal uncle
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin māternālis, from Latin māternus, from māter mother]
 
ma'ternalism
 
n
 
maternal'istic
 
adj
 
ma'ternally
 
adv

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maternal
late 15c., from O.Fr. maternel (14c.), from V.L. *maternalis, from L. maternus "maternal, of a mother," from mater "mother" (see mother).
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maternal ma·ter·nal (mə-tûr'nəl)
adj.

  1. Relating to or characteristic of a mother.

  2. Inherited from one's mother.

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Example sentences
In mentioning organizations working on maternal health, there are others that
  also deserve a shout-out.
Yet the vast amount of the scholarship on human parenting focuses on maternal
  behavior.
The second group keep their maternal accents, whereas the first group find it
  much easier and more natural to translate.
My parents met at my maternal grandfather's bowling center, where my dad
  competed.
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