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n.1.The state of being sole, or alone; singleness.
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This suggests that the highly disadvantaged position of sole mother families is related fundamentally to the soleness of their parenting, rather than personal characteristics such as lower educational levels or, indeed, labour market participation.
having lost her Knight, This doleful Lady left all world's delight, All shows of pleasure and all pomp forsaking, Herself to sadness and to soleness taking, With inward sighs and outward tears lamenting His death whose life was all her life's contenting.