Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Destitute of children or offspring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Destitute of chidren or offspring.

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  • adjective Not having any children.

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  • adjective without offspring

Etymologies

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child +‎ -less

Examples

  • A woman who chooses to remain childless is no less of a woman than one who chooses motherhood.

    Tick Tock that Biological Clock - Feministing

  • And here we must extend the term childless marriages to cover households in which the children have grown up and gone their own way, leaving the parents alone together: a point at which many worthy couples discover for the first time that they have long since lost interest in one another, and have been united only by a common interest in their children.

    Getting Married

  • Matthew gives the legal pedigree through Solomon down to Joseph; Luke the real pedigree, from Mary, the real parent, through Nathan, brother of Solomon, upwards (Lu 3: 31). no man of his seed ... upon the throne -- This explains the sense in which "childless" is used.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Women who choose to remain childless are free to compete as men do but their femininity is suspect and it, rightly, pisses them off.

    It’s My Motherhood, And I’ll Celebrate It If I Want To | Her Bad Mother

  • I spent large chunks of time unraveling relationships in a place where friends were called brothers, father was a term of respect, not necessarily an indication of paternity, and women with five daughters were described as childless.

    Spellbound

  • Well, your discussion of childbirth and raising a child only confirms my decision to remain childless, I must say!

    Misconceptions « Tales from the Reading Room

  • I spent large chunks of time unraveling relationships in a place where friends were called brothers, father was a term of respect, not necessarily an indication of paternity, and women with five daughters were described as childless.

    Spellbound

  • I spent large chunks of time unraveling relationships in a place where friends were called brothers, father was a term of respect, not necessarily an indication of paternity, and women with five daughters were described as childless.

    Spellbound

  • A growing number of women are choosing to remain childless, or “childfree.”

    Mother May I? « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • I was trying to convince myself that I wanted to remain childless, as so many people I know are forgoing children by choice.

    The Powerful Equation of Love

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