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adjective as in motherly


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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.

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.

Female cubs that reach adulthood can grow a maternal line, which helps boost that family group’s rank.

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.

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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.

Advanced maternal age dramatically increases the risk of maternal mortality as well as birth defects like Down Syndrome.

Genes passed down through the maternal side, though, were found to be a “perfect mitochondrial match.”

Some women who want to be mothers and have maternal love to give should have the ability to do just that.

There were rising export numbers, education programs, and maternal health efforts.

How her role became more “maternal rather than marital,” and branding Hawking an “all-powerful emperor” and “masterly puppeteer.”

In passing to her own chamber she met the Emperor, and, in the agitation of her maternal fears, told him all that had passed.

Here Letty drew the coverlet from the face of the sleeping babe, and displayed his chubby proportions with maternal pride.

If any one doubts it let him compare the matrimonial opportunities of the ugly maternal girl and the ugly clever girl.

Her mother pressed the coveted treasure to her bosom with maternal love, more calm, and deep, and enduring.

An offer which Jane received from a very honest, industrious, and thrifty jeweler, aroused anew a mother's maternal solicitude.

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On this page you'll find 13 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to maternal, such as: parental, affectionate, kind, protective, and sympathetic.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.