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

Derivationally related forms: ↑maternal (for: ↑maternity), ↑maternalistic (for: ↑maternalism), ↑motherly
Hypernyms: ↑parental quality
Attrubites: ↑maternal

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