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maternity

ma·ter·ni·ty

maternity

 
pronunciation:
m tuhr nih ti
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the state of being a mother; motherhood.
Maternity had changed her; she had become less selfish and more responsible.
definition 2: the qualities or characteristics associated with a mother; motherliness.
Though physically attractive, there was a maternity about the woman that was unsettling to him.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of or relating to the period during which a woman is pregnant with and gives birth to a child.
maternity clothesmaternity carea hospital maternity ward
Word Parts
The word maternity contains the following part:
matr, matri, mater Latin root that means mother
synonyms:
patr, patri, pater