motherliness

motherly

[muhth-er-lee]
adjective
1.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a mother; maternal: motherly solicitude.
2.
like a mother: to take a motherly interest in an orphan.
adverb
3.
in the manner of a mother.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English moderly, Old English mōdorlīc. See mother1, -ly

motherliness, noun
unmotherly, adjective
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motherly (ˈmʌðəlɪ)
 
adj
of or resembling a mother, esp in warmth, or protectiveness
 
'motherliness
 
n

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motherly
O.E. modorlic; see mother + -ly (1).
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