Part of speech: noun

The state or relation of a mother.

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Usage examples "maternity":

  1. One of them was not married, another was a widow, a third separated from her husband, and of the others at least one- Hazel- had deliberately evaded maternity. - "One Woman's Life", Robert Herrick.
  2. This very maternity- was it not fatal to beauty? - "K", Mary Roberts Rinehart.
  3. Will the modern woman seek social pleasures and the flattery of passing admiration in lieu of home life and maternity, and be satisfied to flutter as a gaudy butterfly of fashion? - "The Universe a Vast Electric Organism", George Woodward Warder.