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fatherless

[fah-th er-lis] /ˈfɑ ðər lɪs/
adjective
1.
not having a living father:
a fatherless boy.
2.
not having a known or legally responsible father.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English faderles, Old English fæderlēas. See father, -less
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  • May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
  • The diaries tell of friends and relatives being casually shot, of fatherless families and of mothers under stress.
  • Boys raised in fatherless homes do not have role models for channeling aggressive instincts.
  • Lives are being lost, families are being ripped apart, and children are growing up fatherless.
British Dictionary definitions for fatherless

fatherless

/ˈfɑːðəlɪs/
adjective
1.
having no father
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Word Origin and History for fatherless
adj.

Old English fæderleas; see father (n.) + -less.

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