Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being without children.

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

  • noun The state of being childless.

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  • noun The state of being childless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the condition of being without offspring

Etymologies

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childless +‎ -ness

Examples

  • According to the National Marriage Project, the incidence of childlessness is growing across the socioeconomic scale.

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  • Diamond's book will help scare bright and impressionable young people into childlessness, which is turning out to be a much worse problem for civilization than the deforestation that scares Diamond.

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  • Diamond's book will help scare bright and impressionable young people into childlessness, which is turning out to be a much worse problem for civilization than the deforestation that scares Diamond.

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  • Faced with the reality of being alone for the first time she talked openly and honestly with John about her feelings: her disgust with herself, her fear of failing at her job, her growing conviction that her childlessness was a punishment, and the frequent wish that she could simply die and put an end to her misery.

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  • Faced with the reality of being alone for the first time she talked openly and honestly with John about her feelings: her disgust with herself, her fear of failing at her job, her growing conviction that her childlessness was a punishment, and the frequent wish that she could simply die and put an end to her misery.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • I agree that she is wrong to associate feminism in total as culprit to 'childlessness'.

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  • I found a number of books that focused on "childlessness" and being "childfree," but most of them focused only on women's experiences.

    Excerpt: Families of Two by Laura Carroll

  • I call it "childlessness" or one of -- one of the costs that is -- that are so high in this country.

    CNN Transcript - Sunday Morning News: What is the Price of Motherhood? - February 18, 2001

  • Even more marked differences in childlessness by race and ethnicity are reflected among women who have never married.

    White women more likely to be childless, Census says

  • One of the things that goes hand-in-hand with childlessness is high levels of education, says D'Vera Cohn of Pew Research Center, who co-authored a report on childlessness last year.

    White women more likely to be childless, Census says

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