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.
The childlessness pattern of men within different levels and fields of education is displayed in figure 7.
For women who want to escape the taboo on childlessness, and who do not want to adopt, the only solution is to find a surrogate mother who will carry their egg to maturity.
According to the Gospel of James, Ana or Anne and her husband Joachim, after years of childlessness, were visited by an angel who told them that they would conceive a child.
With God as their only compass, they endured and surmounted the sorrow of childlessness.
Involuntary childlessness is now commonly treated using in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) programmes, although the process involved is usually a long and frustrating one for the couples involved, with a four to five year wait for successful pregnancy for most.
By and large, unintended childlessness and unplanned births do not seem to affect the mental health of childless adults in their 30s.
Food for the pups was always there, aplenty: The early years of childlessness and his wife's inability to cope with each day, feeling she was letting him down.
Anaise is conscious of the fact that it was not her actions but her childlessness that determined her fate, both marital and otherwise: "I now realize that Leo was secretly resentful of my barren womb.
If you are unsure about having kids, the group meets your needs with material for people still trying to make up their minds about being parents--there's even a bunch of jokes about childlessness.
California does have a higher rate of childlessness, but the reasons are hard to pin down," said Hans Johnson, the report's author, noting that the state generally offers higher wages, and women might be more likely to focus on their careers because of that.