Definitions

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  • adj. Without a spouse; unmarried.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of a spouse; unmarried.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without a spouse; unmarried or widowed.

Etymologies

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spouse +‎ -less

Examples

  • But when a team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, reported a few weeks ago that middle-aged men without wives were actually twice as likely to die during a 10-year span as men with wives, the espoused and the spouseless alike stopped to take notice.

    For Longer Life, Take A Wife

  • The lower survival rates for the spouseless were found primarily in men who were widowed, separated or divorced, rather than in those who had never been married.

    For Longer Life, Take A Wife

  • Emotional and social factors probably also played a role in higher mortality among the spouseless men.

    For Longer Life, Take A Wife

  • Okay, we'll admit we have our moments - those times when the idea of not having to discuss every little decision with someone else has us looking longingly back to our spouseless days - but those moments are few and fleeting.

    Keith Leon and Maura Leon: The C Word

  • If polygamy were legalized, polygynous marriages (one man, many wives) would undoubtedly outnumber polyandrous ones — and when one man married four women, three other men would be left spouseless.

    Polygamy

  • Would we not vote for a presidential candidate who was spouseless?

    The lovely and expressive Michelle Obama spoke in Madison, Wisconsin today.

  • I, the perpetually frazzled spouseless mom, arrived all flustered and not-together.

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • The increased prevalence of divorce and the increased tendency to bear children out of wedlock or, equivalently, not to necessarily marry when having a child discussed in earlier chapters are among the leading causes of this increase in spouseless families.

    The Population of the United States

  • "Nay, since Nanette ran off with a street singer and left me spouseless, I have made a vow of celibacy," hastily answered the piping voice of the lank scholar.

    Under the Rose

  • It is surprising that this _beau-ideal_ should have remained spouseless for two years after coming into his estate.

    Virginia: the Old Dominion

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