[pair-uhnt-hood, par-]
the state, position, or relation of a parent.

1855–60; parent + -hood

nonparenthood, noun Unabridged
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parent (ˈpɛərənt)
1.  a father or mother
2.  a person acting as a father or mother; guardian
3.  rare an ancestor
4.  a source or cause
5.  a.  an organism or organization that has produced one or more organisms or organizations similar to itself
 b.  (as modifier): a parent organism
6.  physics, chem
 a.  a precursor, such as a nucleus or compound, of a derived entity
 b.  (as modifier): a parent nucleus; a parent ion
[C15: via Old French from Latin parens parent, from parere to bring forth]

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Example sentences
Cloning could be a blessing for the infertile, who otherwise could not
  experience biological parenthood.
The answer is planned parenthood and restraint education.
Don't let somewhat older age deter initiating parenthood.
And it goes that people who cannot afford contraception are not likely to be
  able to afford parenthood either.
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