motherhood

[muhth-er-hood]
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English moderhed. See mother1, -hood

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motherhood (ˈmʌðəˌhʊd)
 
n
1.  the state of being a mother
2.  the qualities characteristic of a mother

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motherhood
1590s, from mother + -hood.
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Example sentences
Anna believed that her student schedule worked fairly well with motherhood.
My belief in the impossibility of motherhood at this early stage in my career
  was not entirely of my own making.
Financially there may be long-term benefits to early motherhood.
For the writer, winter is a backdrop to perilous stories of birth and the
  radiant exhaustion of new motherhood.
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