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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 of fatherless
1000
before 1000; Middle English faderles, Old English fæderlēas. See father, -less
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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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