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Noun: maternalism
  1. The quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother
    "the girl's maternalism made her invaluable in caring for the children";
    - motherliness, maternal quality, maternity
  2. Motherly care; behaviour characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children

See also: maternal

Type of: aid, attention, care, parental quality, tending

Encyclopedia: Maternalism