|1.||[ noun ] the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother|
|Synonyms:||maternal_quality maternity motherliness|
"the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children"
|Related terms:||parental_quality maternal|
|2.||[ noun ] motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children|