childlessness


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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.
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Noun1.childlessness - the condition of being without offspring
situation, state of affairs - the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time; "the present international situation is dangerous"; "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt
References in classic literature ?
She was elderly and fragile, but her childlessness seemed always to impose these painful duties on her, and to revere the family, and to keep it in repair, had now become the chief object of her life.
Then she thought of herself and Billy, healthy shoots of that same stock, yet condemned to childlessness because of the trap of the manmade world and the curse of being herded with the stupid ones.
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Emily Knipe, from the ONS population statistics division, said childlessness was "one of the main drivers" of falling family sizes by the time women reached the end of their childbearing lives.
The term childfree first emerged in the United Kingdom as an empowering outlook for the commonly stigmatizing connotation of childlessness (Bartlett, 1996).
He sold the company at a vast profit when he retired, but no amount of riches could compensate him or his wife Euphemia for their childlessness.
are also raised, demonstrating the importance of some of these concerns among the advocates of voluntary childlessness.
Cam is a lifestyle blogger who promotes independence and childlessness, while Tara is a mother who becomes an online viral sensation when she is filmed performing a sexual act on a train when she thought she was alone.
confirmed that childlessness and age at first full-term pregnancy--two of the strongest reproductive risk factors for breast cancer--do not parallel breast cancer incidence in the UK.
The reproductive and hormonal risk factors known to affect breast cancer include fertility (number of children) and breastfeeding, which are protective; age at first birth, in which a lower age is protective and a higher age conducive; and induced abortion, which is conducive to breast cancer as is childlessness.
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While the book is at times a thoughtful read on the cultural politics of female childlessness, Otherhood reads much like a Charlotte York-ish rant, discussions of cocktails and accompanying stylish friends included.