Etymology
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motherly (adj.)

Old English modorlic "pertaining to a mother;" see mother (n.1) + -ly (1). Meaning "befitting a mother, parental, affectionate" is from mid-13c. Similar formation in Dutch moederlijk, Old High German muoterlih, German mütterlich. Related: Motherliness.

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Definitions of motherly
1
motherly (adv.)
in a maternal manner; as a mother;
Synonyms: maternally
2
motherly (adj.)
befitting a mother; warm and nurturing;
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