Maternal vs. Paternal

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  • Maternal

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  • Paternal

    A paternal bond is the human bond between a father and his child.

  • Maternal (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly.

    “His weakness seemed to bring out her maternal instincts.”

  • Maternal (adjective)

    Related through the mother, or her side of the family.

    “Toby is my maternal uncle.”

  • Maternal (adjective)

    Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.

  • Paternal (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to one’s father, his genes, his relatives, or his side of a family

    “paternal grandfather”

  • Paternal (adjective)

    Fatherly; behaving as or characteristic of a father.

  • Paternal (adjective)

    Received or inherited from one’s father.

  • Paternal (adjective)

    Acting as a father

    “paternal filicide”

  • Maternal (adjective)

    relating to a mother, especially during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth

    “maternal care”

  • Maternal (adjective)

    (of feelings) typical of a caring mother; motherly

    “a mother who radiated maternal concern”

  • Maternal (adjective)

    related through the mother’s side of the family

    “my maternal grandfather”

Oxford Dictionary

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