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  • adj. Having no parent, or no acknowledged parent.

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  • adj. Having no parent, or no acknowledged parent.

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

  • adj. having no parent or parents or not cared for by parent surrogates


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un- +‎ parented


  • But others say a needed transition is under way, and that international adoption should be the last resort for finding homes for unparented children.

    Drop in international adoptions sparks debate

  • The emergent consensus is that there was not even a higher political or social purpose behind what happened: it was mindless, feral youths and gangs – their members unparented – looting for the flat-screen TVs and trainers to which they wrongly felt entitled.

    UK riots: Our wounded nation will not be healed by vengeful gestures | Will Hutton and Henry Porter

  • To raise the funds, Brockwell cleans out his anti-capitalist collective's war chest, fills his pockets with drugs and takes leave of his squat: "an early twenty-first English household – which is to say a tri-sexual household of unparented narcissists where, in the twenty minutes I was there, cash and products were transacted four ways to a sum of four hundred pounds, and no fewer than five laws were broken".

    Lights Out in Wonderland by DBC Pierre

  • The parents of these "kids", acting as uneducated, unparented adults should be part of this problem, since they don't seem to be part of the solution!

    LIVE Blog: Chat with us during the show

  • They're primarily the lost legions of the uneducated, unparented, abused, and mentally deficient.

    Paul White: 750,000 Known Terrorists in the U.S. and We're Worrying About the Middle East?

  • The kids unparented are -- to me, that's a form of child abuse.

    CNN Transcript Jan 17, 2007

  • And much quotation on a page makes it like a foundling hospital -- sentences unparented, ideas abandoned of their proper text.

    Journeys to Bagdad

  • But all should recognize the need similarly to address the invisible but all-too-real permanent humanitarian crisis afflicting unparented children worldwide.

    HLS News

  • What is sad is that it takes a disaster of such proportions, and a country like Haiti which has been usually open to international adoption, to give a relative handful of the world's unparented children the chance to grow up in nurturing families.

    HLS News

  • For most unparented children - children with no prospect of living with birth parents - the best option by far is early placement in adoption, and for children in poor countries adoptive homes will generally exist only internationally.

    HLS News


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