American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having no father; fatherless.
- adj. Having no known father; illegitimate.
- adj. Of uncertain origin or authenticity: unfathered rumors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having no father; fatherless; hence, produced contrary to the course of nature. Not acknowledged by its father; having no acknowledged father, as an illegitimate child: used figuratively; as, an unfathered proposition.
- adj. Not raised by a father.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having no father; fatherless; hence, born contrary to nature.
- adj. Having no acknowledged father; hence, illegitimate; spurious; bastard.
- un- + fathered (Wiktionary)
“Still more remarkable is the historically unfathered impulse of the Jewish nation to set about eliminating participation by quite other methods than those of alpha-thinking [that is, of thinking about things].”
“It usually eliminates a lot of disease risk, too early pregnancies and unfathered children.”
“Our goal is to make fathering a personal and national priority with the vision that no child would go unfathered.”
“Should she succeed, she would be a penniless unmarried female with a daughter, her child would be unfathered and base, and he — as far as she could see — would be beyond the reach of punishment.”
“Nay, could grimly live and burn, while the common vitality to which it was conjoined, fled horror-stricken from the unbidden and unfathered birth.”
“One or two of the ambitious young partisans of the empress might be left languishing unfathered and without patron in obscure dungeons, unless this projected conference at Coventry produced some sensible agreement that must, among its details, spare a thought to insist on their liberation.”
“I would compare it to those old folk-songs, unfathered but deathless, which seem to have risen out of the very heart of the people.”
“And then the big boys: the hulking Lawrences; the lazy Neills, unfathered sons of mother and daughter; Hickman, with a stoop in his shoulders; and the rest.”
“The hard conditions attaching to both unmarried motherhood and unfathered childhood, often in the past wholly cruel and unsocial, have been much ameliorated during the last fifty years and largely through the efforts of those who held firmly to the value of legal marriage and the accepted family system in general.”
“Such masses of humanity; such dim, uncertain origins of unfathered races; these can only be caught and seen as through a glass darkly.”
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