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    maternity - Dictionary definition and meaning for word maternity

    (noun) the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
    Synonyms : gestation , pregnancy
    (noun) the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother
    Synonyms : motherhood
    (noun) the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother
    Example Sentence
    • the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children
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