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MATERNAL. That which belongs to, or comes from the mother: as, maternal authority, maternal relation, maternal estate, maternal line. Vide Line.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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With paternalism, men are viewed as needing to protect and provide for women who are expected to uphold conventional roles including a maternalistic view of nurturing men's emotional and domestic needs.
Although Boggie articulates, at best, a maternalistic relationship with black women, sometimes the text's informants and contributors expose the shared suffering of black and white women, the commodification of both wives and servants, and the active participation of black women in the resistance movement.
This is a position held by the Government and the medical profession in order to ensure that women are upholding their maternalistic responsibility to society (Summers 1994).
That is to say, the valley is womb-like in both its preceding of civilization and its maternalistic nurturing of what will eventually become a speaking subject operating in the sphere of the symbolic--in this case, the ten stories of women tricking men in Day VII.
Instead she carefully outlines both the personal sacrifices and trials Kingsley-Strack endured in resisting the Board's control of her servants, and her maternalistic and often patronising attitude to Aboriginal people--an attitude which was most challenged in her relationship with Pearl Gibbs but was often reinforced during her dealings with white women's reform groups.
Everything we get of him, we get through Jess's maternalistic crusade to provide Johnny with a family to replace the one he has lost.
Beginning with a discussion on welfare reform in the United States from the colonial period to the present, Bartkowski and Regis surmise that there has been a notable shift from a maternalistic system, which approaches governmental assistance as an obligation and directly distributes aid to poor individuals, to a more paternalistic system, which approaches governmental assistance as unnecessary and encourages the contracting out of social services to bidding private organizations.
In the limited research and public representations made about these women, they have been depicted primarily in terms of their dependence on men's incomes and jobs, materialistic support of industrial practices, misguided conservatism and/or maternalistic attachments to their families.
While the steady stream of references to domestics and the prescription of maternalistic behavior towards them implied the acceptability of hiring domestic help in colonial Bengal, the employment of servants in new middle-class homes was often scrutinized with suspicion by the same ideologues writing the manuals.
According to Dr Bernie Soriano of PAGASA, naming cyclones after females simply reflects 'Filipinos' maternalistic Nature', the endearing affection felt towards their mothers, girlfriends and elder sisters.
(70) With her mother recently deceased, Manuela craves affection from the widely adored von Bernburg, a 'champion of a maternalistic humanitarianism' who is opposed to the school's totalitarian Prussian codes.