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[chahyld-bair-ing] /ˈtʃaɪldˌbɛər ɪŋ/
the act of producing or bringing forth children.
capable of, suitable for, or relating to the bearing of a child or of children:
the childbearing years.
Origin of childbearing
1350-1400; Middle English; see child, bearing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And thus have I shown how a child-bearing woman ought to govern herself each month during her pregnancy.

  • He cursed her in child-bearing or in barrenness, and he cursed her children after her to all generations.

    Moon of Israel H. Rider Haggard
  • The wife is getting past child-bearing, and there is little hope of a son.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • He was the seventh son, and his mother was tired of child-bearing when Antony was born.

    Fairfax and His Pride Marie Van Vorst
  • If you can decide what constitutes a 'fit' man, how can you limit his racial gifts to the child-bearing capacities of one woman?

    Running Sands Reginald Wright Kauffman
  • One of the claimants is an unmarried woman past the age of child-bearing.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • These signs all mean that her essential function is child-bearing.

British Dictionary definitions for child-bearing


  1. the act or process of carrying and giving birth to a child
  2. (as modifier): of child-bearing age
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for child-bearing

also childbearing, "bringing forth of a child," late 14c., from child + verbal noun of bear (v.). As an adjective from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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child-bearing in Medicine

childbearing child·bear·ing (chīld'bâr'ĭng)
Pregnancy and parturition.

child'bear'ing adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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