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
Related terms: care
Similar spelling:   maternal