childless


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child

 (chīld)
n. pl. chil·dren (chĭl′drən)
1.
a. A person between birth and puberty.
b. A person who has not attained maturity or the age of legal majority.
2.
a. An unborn infant; a fetus.
b. An infant; a baby.
3. One who is childish or immature.
4. A son or daughter; an offspring.
5. A member of a tribe; descendant: children of Abraham.
6.
a. An individual regarded as strongly affected by another or by a specified time, place, or circumstance: a child of nature; a child of the Sixties.
b. A product or result of something specified: "Times Square is a child of the 20th century" (Richard F. Shepard).
Idiom:
with child
Pregnant.

[Middle English, from Old English cild.]

child′less adj.
child′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.childless - without offspring; "in some societies a childless woman is rejected by her tribesmen"
unfruitful - not fruitful; not conducive to abundant production

childless

adjective
Unable to produce offspring:
Translations
بِدونِ أوْلاد، أبْتَر
bezdětný
barnløs
gyermektelen
barnlaus
bezdetný
çocuğu olmayançocuksuz

childless

[ˈtʃaɪldlɪs] ADJsin hijos

childless

[ˈtʃaɪldləs] adj [woman, couple] → sans enfants

childless

[ˈtʃaɪldlɪs] adjsenza figli

child

(tʃaild) plural children (ˈtʃildrən) noun
1. a young human being of either sex.
2. a son or daughter. Her youngest child is five years old.
ˈchildhood noun
the state or time of being a child. Her childhood was a time of happiness.
ˈchildish adjective
like a child; silly. a childish remark.
ˈchildishly adverb
ˈchildishness noun
ˈchildless adjective
having no children. the childless couple.
ˈchildlike adjective
innocent; like a child. childlike faith; trustful and childlike.
ˈchildbirth noun
the act of giving birth to a child. She died in childbirth.
child's play
something very easy. Climbing that hill will be child's play.
References in classic literature ?
Polybus being childless adopted the boy, who grew up believing that he was indeed the King's son.
The MacAndrews, who were childless and in easy circumstances, arranged to undertake the care of the children, and Mrs.
This excessive rumination and self-questioning is perhaps a morbid habit inevitable to a mind of much moral sensibility when shut out from its due share of outward activity and of practical claims on its affections--inevitable to a noble-hearted, childless woman, when her lot is narrow.
And surely a man shall see the noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men; which have sought to express the images of their minds, where those of their bodies have failed.
Noel Vans tone's childless widow, and the other half is divided among Mr.
Cutter had purposely remained childless, with the determination to outlive him and to share his property with her `people,' whom he detested.
He is then immediately taken from his proud yet sorrowing parents and adopted by some childless Equilateral, who is bound by oath never to permit the child henceforth to enter his former home or so much as to look upon his relations again, for fear lest the freshly developed organism may, by force of unconscious imitation, fall back again into his hereditary level.
Everybody has heard of the popular old lady--the childless widow of a long-forgotten lord.
One day the Queen was sitting at the window weeping bitterly because she was childless, and knew that the crown would therefore pass to strangers after the King's death.
And then looking up at Macewen with a nod, and one of his strange smiles: 'Good- bye,' said he, and Macewen, perceiving the case to be too grave for consolation, took himself off, and blessed God on his way home that he was childless.
It is also absurd to render property equal, and not to provide for the increasing number of the citizens; but to leave that circumstance uncertain, as if it would regulate itself according to the number of women who [1265b] should happen to be childless, let that be what it would because this seems to take place in other cities; but the case would not be the same in such a state which he proposes and those which now actually unite; for in these no one actually wants, as the property is divided amongst the whole community, be their numbers what they will; but as it could not then be divided, the supernumeraries, whether they were many or few, would have nothing at all.
This was Malvintseva, Princess Mary's aunt on her mother's side, a rich, childless widow who always lived in Voronezh.