a. Having no living father.
b. Having no known father.
2. Being or having been deprived of paternal care.
3. Of uncertain origin or authenticity: unfathered rumors.
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1. having no known father
2. of unknown or uncertain origin
3. archaic fatherless
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(ʌnˈfɑ ðərd)

1. of illegitimate or unknown paternity; bastard.
2. of an unknown author or source.
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References in classic literature ?
Nay, could grimly live and burn, while the common vitality to which it was conjoined, fled horror-stricken from the unbidden and unfathered birth.
class="p--heading-6 MsoNormalUnfathered, underfathered and misfathered "I would categorise the Kenyans experiencing a father crisis into three: Unfathered, underfathered and misfathered.
Unmoored from Wordsworthian mothering care, the world is necessarily also "unfathered" (1.10), that is, no longer the creation of God the Father.
I meant it as a way of speaking, to say that my past no longer existed, that I had become unfathered of my past.
Hartman at first preserves Wordsworth's own capitalization of Imagination in the famous apostrophic passage from Prelude VI, where that faculty rears its head out of nowhere ("unfathered") to arrest the poet and the poem, which will nonetheless have to gather itself and go on.
In this canonical scene, the imagination transcends nature and rises up "Like an unfathered vapour," "in such strength / Of usurpation, when the light of sense / Goes out, but with a flash that has revealed / The invisible world" (VI 594-601).
[H]ere the Power so called / Through sad incompetence of human speech, / That awful Power rose from the mind's abyss / Like an unfathered vapour that enwraps, / At once, some lonely traveller.
As the one who was so exhaustively taught of the illegitimacy of imagination, a faculty "unfathered" (6:527), Wordsworth is no longer in a position to be naively fascinated by urban splendor.
Henry Ford once candidly admitted that he had invented nothing new: He had "simply assembled into a car the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work." Inventors like to deny their ancestors, exaggerating the unfathered nature of their breakthroughs, the better to claim the full glory (and sometimes the patents) for themselves.
Patu is particularly passionate about the issue of "unfathered" kids, having grown up with a father who battled alcoholism.
Nay, could grimly live and burn, while the common vitality to which it was conjoined, fled horrorstricken from the unbidden and unfathered birth.
refigures Wordsworth's "unfathered" imagination as a