quasimaternal

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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