Definitions

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  • n. The state of being childless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being childless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being without children.

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

  • n. the condition of being without offspring

Etymologies

childless +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

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

    Oh, Rebecca, Rebecca: Forgive Your Mother Already!

  • 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

  • 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.

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  • Her contradictions—she described her childlessness as a "blessing" while insisting that a woman's main role in life was as a wife and mother—are part of her legacy, showing the complicated nature of female leadership in an environment of male-dominated Islamic activism.

    The Return Of the Veil

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