from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not married.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Unmarried.

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  • adjective not married
  • noun One who is not married.

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

  • adjective of someone who has not been married


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  • Similarly, women who insist on continuing cruel practices like foot binding, female circumcision and kicking around "unwed" mothers are also trying to protect their own status.

    Women's Liberation 2006

  • And co-author of the report, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, explains that there's more acceptance "of alternatives to marriage such as unwed parenthood and cohabitation."

    Preserving the Sanctity of Marriage 2006

  • Young women had complained of unfair treatment in cases such as unwed mothers, the forum said in a statement.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1997

  • It is also very telling that the author, to the internets known as Patriarchy's Little Helper, calls single mothers "unwed".

    Planet Atheism sendaianonymous 2010

  • And they admire Sarah because what a great job she did with her pregnant unwed daughter putting her on the public stage and now they want privacy, please too late for that.

    Clinton edges out Palin in 'Most Admired' poll 2009

  • Addy N. discovered herself to be pregnant ten years ago as a 28-year-old unwed graduate student.

    April Scientiae: We Rise Up Candid Engineer 2009

  • I have been told the catholic church was responsible for the many unwed mother homes where the residents went to hide, then give up the newborn for adoption.

    Bishops slam 'unacceptable' health care bill 2009

  • In Guanajuato the government just issued new textbooks for secondary sex ed that eliminates all real info to promote abstinence and denigrate unwed mothers.

    Sex education 2009

  • Demanding that an underage, unwed girl have a baby brings intense problems to society in years to come.

    Abortion once again roils health care debate 2009

  • If you want to stop abortion how about changing some of the rules on unwed mothers like not making them feel that they have no other choice but abortion in the face of the church's low opinion of them.

    Bishops slam 'unacceptable' health care bill 2009


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