Definition of Maternity

1. Noun. The state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus.

2. Noun. The kinship relation between an offspring and the mother.
Exact synonyms: Motherhood
Generic synonyms: Family Relationship, Kinship, Relationship
Derivative terms: Mother

3. Noun. The quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother. "The girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children"
Exact synonyms: Maternal Quality, Maternalism, Motherliness
Generic synonyms: Parental Quality
Attributes: Maternal
Derivative terms: Maternalistic, Maternal, Motherly

Definition of Maternity

1. n. The state of being a mother; the character or relation of a mother.

Definition of Maternity

1. Noun. The state of being a mother; motherhood. ¹

2. Noun. The state of being pregnant; pregnancy. ¹

3. Noun. A ward or department in a hospital in which babies are born. ¹

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Definition of Maternity

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Medical Definition of Maternity

1. Motherhood. Origin: see maternal (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Maternity

maternity (current term)
maternity bra
maternity bras
maternity hospital
maternity leave
maternity leaves
maternity ward

Literary usage of Maternity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Principles of Labor Legislation by John Rogers Commons, John Bertram Andrews, American Bureau of Industrial Research (1916)
"(j) maternity Insurance An important part of health insurance laws is the payment of maternity benefits to insured women, usually irrespective of marital ..."

2. Public Affairs Information Service Bulletin by Public Affairs Information Service (1920)
"4p '20 IO Andrews, sec. of the maternity center, Woman's city club of NY, ... Save the maternity benefits youngest: seven charts on maternal and infant ..."

3. Annual Report of the Commissioner of Labor by United States Bureau of Labor (1911)
"Thus only a comparison between 1885 and 1904 is possible; and even for these years maternity benefits are combined with all other benefits for nursing. ..."

4. Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Mrs Charlotte (Perkins) Stetson Gilman (1898)
"On the contrary, maternity, by lowering the personal charms and occupying the time of the mother, fails to bring her the pleasure and profit obtainable by ..."

5. Oecd Economic Surveys: United Kingdom by OECD. (2005)
"maternity leave and family-friendly working conditions With six months of statutory maternity pay, the duration of maternity and parental leave entitlement ..."

6. Feminism in Germany and Scandinavia by Katharine Susan Anthony (1915)
"CHAPTER V STATE maternity INSURANCE The development of state maternity insurance in ... With its introduction, the economic valuation of maternity becomes a ..."

7. Fertility, Family Planning, and Women's Health: New Data From the 1995 by Joyce C. Abma, A. Chandra, W. Mosher, L. Peterson (1998)
"Breastfeeding, maternity Leave, and Child Care Breastfeeding ... maternity Leave About 52 percent of mothers were employed around the time of their most ..."

8. Selected Articles on Social Insurance by Julia Emily Johnsen (1922)
"maternity BENEFITS 1 The function of maternity insurance may be analyzed under ... It appears, then, that maternity benefits have several distinct features, ..."

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