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- adj. Not having any children.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Destitute of chidren or offspring.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Destitute of children or offspring.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. without offspring
A woman who chooses to remain childless is no less of a woman than one who chooses motherhood.
And here we must extend the term childless marriages to cover households in which the children have grown up and gone their own way, leaving the parents alone together: a point at which many worthy couples discover for the first time that they have long since lost interest in one another, and have been united only by a common interest in their children.
Matthew gives the legal pedigree through Solomon down to Joseph; Luke the real pedigree, from Mary, the real parent, through Nathan, brother of Solomon, upwards (Lu 3: 31). no man of his seed ... upon the throne -- This explains the sense in which "childless" is used.
Women who choose to remain childless are free to compete as men do but their femininity is suspect and it, rightly, pisses them off.
Well, your discussion of childbirth and raising a child only confirms my decision to remain childless, I must say!
I spent large chunks of time unraveling relationships in a place where friends were called brothers, father was a term of respect, not necessarily an indication of paternity, and women with five daughters were described as childless.
A growing number of women are choosing to remain childless, or “childfree.”
I was trying to convince myself that I wanted to remain childless, as so many people I know are forgoing children by choice.
It is performed in childless households; it is expected, as a matter of course, by fathers from their daughters, by brothers from their sisters.
And is it not on record that Henley once dashed across a manuscript the terse pronouncement, "I take no interest in childless women"?