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Synonyms of maternal in English:


  • 1 the baby aroused her maternal instincts
    protective, caring, nurturing, loving, devoted, affectionate, fond, warm, tender, gentle, kind, kindly, comforting, compassionate
  • 2 his maternal grandparents
    on one's mother's side, on the distaff side
    [Antonyms] paternal
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