One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not having or showing the affectionate feelings associated with a mother.
- ‘Though she was called the ‘Mother of India, ‘Gandhi did not hesitate to pursue rather unmotherly activities such as intervening in Pakistan's civil war and bringing India into the nuclear age by acquiring atomic weapons.’’
- ‘She prepares for the showdown by rehearsing what she will say to this most unmotherly of mothers, reminding her of the atrocities she witnessed and facilitated, and the family she rejected.’
- ‘Of course, I suppose if the baby is lucky enough to be white, and the mother is motherly enough and/or unmotherly enough to be willing to place it for adoption, it might be adopted.’
- ‘My children are in the process of acquiring - as did their parents - some of the least utilitarian degrees out there and it would be unmotherly to disown them.’
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