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  • adj. Not fostered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not fostered; not nourished.
  • Not countenanced or favored; not patronized: as, a scheme unfostered.


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un- +‎ fostered


  • The evil in him was unchecked, the good unfostered, by any training hand.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 29, August, 1873

  • Were we to grow up unfostered by this genial warmth, a frost would chill the spirit, so penetrating and powerful that there could be no motions of the life of love; and infinitely less could we have any wish to be remembered after we had passed away from a world in which each man had moved about like a shadow.


  • Assuming that sufficient exuberance will come, unfostered by morality, they shut it out from their charge, make duty to consist in checking instinct, and devote themselves to pruning the sprouting man.

    The Nature of Goodness

  • She had accepted all this as his superiority to her folly, and though the thwarted and unfostered inclinations in her strong unstained nature had occasioned those aberrations and distorted impulses which brought blame on her, she had accepted everything hitherto as her own fault, and believed in, and adored the image she had made of him throughout.

    Two Penniless Princesses

  • When I was as old as you, I was a feeling fellow enough; partial to the unfledged, unfostered, and unlucky; but Fortune has knocked me about since: she has even kneaded me with her knuckles, and now I flatter myself I am hard and tough as an India-rubber ball; pervious, though, through a chink or two still, and with one sentient point in the middle of the lump.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • Nevertheless, this slight germ of science and of joke grew to perfection, unfostered, in the fields of thought.

    The Physiology of Marriage, Part 1

  • As the widowed vine which grows in naked field ne'er uplifts itself, ne'er ripens a mellow grape, but bending prone 'neath the weight of its tender body now and again its highmost bough touches with its root; this no husbandmen, no herdsmen will foster: but if this same chance to be joined with marital elm, it many husbandmen, many herdsmen will foster: so the virgin, whilst she stays untouched, so long does she age, unfostered; but when fitting union she obtain in meet time, dearer is she to her lord and less of a trouble to parent.

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus


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