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Meaning of motherly

moth•er•ly

Pronunciation: (mu'ur-lē), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a mother; maternal: motherly solicitude.
  2. like a mother: to take a motherly interest in an orphan.
—adv.
  1. in the manner of a mother.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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