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 maternalism maternalism

noun

  • motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children  ( maternalism )
    motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children
  • the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother  ( maternal quality, maternalism, maternity, motherliness )
    the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother
     the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children
    the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children