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synonyms for maternal

  • parental
  • affectionate
  • kind
  • protective
  • sympathetic
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  • paternal
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How to use maternal in a sentence

As scholars who study prenatal and postnatal stress, maternal nutrition and the brain development of children, we can tell you the pandemic has dramatically changed the pregnancy experience.
PREGNANCY DURING A PANDEMIC: THE STRESS OF COVID-19 ON PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MOTHERS IS SHOWINGLGBTQ-EDITORSEPTEMBER 23, 2020NO STRAIGHT NEWS
After a brief stay in the home of her father and stepmother, Stewart had moved in with her maternal uncle, Steve Blake, and his wife, Laura, who was a schoolteacher.
HER STEPFATHER ADMITTED TO SEXUALLY ABUSING HER. THAT WASN’T ENOUGH TO KEEP HER SAFE.BY NADIA SUSSMANSEPTEMBER 18, 2020PROPUBLICA
Female cubs that reach adulthood can grow a maternal line, which helps boost that family group’s rank.
FEMALE HYENAS KILL OFF CUBS IN THEIR OWN CLANSCAROLYN WILKEAUGUST 25, 2020SCIENCE NEWS
My maternal grandfather was a house painter, and his dad before him, and his dad before him, and so on, going back before the Civil War.
WHEN JESUS FREAKS GO BADEUGENE ROBINSONAUGUST 6, 2020OZY
And, Golding’s team showed, kids whose maternal grandmothers smoked while pregnant were slightly more likely to have autism than were kids whose maternal grandmothers didn’t smoke.
DECADES-LONG PROJECT IS LINKING OUR HEALTH TO THE ENVIRONMENTLINDSEY KONKELMARCH 12, 2020SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
In passing to her own chamber she met the Emperor, and, in the agitation of her maternal fears, told him all that had passed.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
Here Letty drew the coverlet from the face of the sleeping babe, and displayed his chubby proportions with maternal pride.
THE WORLD BEFORE THEMSUSANNA MOODIE
If any one doubts it let him compare the matrimonial opportunities of the ugly maternal girl and the ugly clever girl.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
Her mother pressed the coveted treasure to her bosom with maternal love, more calm, and deep, and enduring.
MADAME ROLAND, MAKERS OF HISTORYJOHN S. C. ABBOTT
An offer which Jane received from a very honest, industrious, and thrifty jeweler, aroused anew a mother's maternal solicitude.
MADAME ROLAND, MAKERS OF HISTORYJOHN S. C. ABBOTT
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WORDS RELATED TO MATERNAL

  • affiliated
  • born with
  • congenital
  • consanguine
  • consanguineous
  • familial
  • genealogical
  • in the family
  • inborn
  • inbred
  • inherited
  • innate
  • lineal
  • maternal
  • old
  • past
  • paternal
  • running in the family
  • totemic
  • tribal
  • affectionate
  • careful
  • caretaking
  • comforting
  • devoted
  • fond
  • gentle
  • kind
  • loving
  • maternal
  • nurturing
  • protecting
  • protective
  • supporting
  • sympathetic
  • tender
  • warm
  • watchful
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