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motherhood

[muhth -er-hoo d] /ˈmʌð ərˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state of being a mother; maternity.
2.
the qualities or spirit of a mother.
3.
mothers collectively.
adjective
4.
having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness that is obvious or unarguable:
legislation pushed through on a motherhood basis.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English moderhed. See mother1, -hood
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British Dictionary definitions for mother hood

motherhood

/ˈmʌðəˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state of being a mother
2.
the qualities characteristic of a mother
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Word Origin and History for mother hood

motherhood

n.

1590s, from mother (n.1) + -hood.

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