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[pair-uh nt-hoo d, par-] /ˈpɛər əntˌhʊd, ˈpær-/
the state, position, or relation of a parent.
1855-60; parent + -hood
Related forms
nonparenthood, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Different countries have adopted different solutions to the problem of combining work and parenthood.
  • These changes could also be attributed to parenthood, and my determination to do the deed and get home as soon as possible.
  • Although she isn't a mom yet, she hasn't ruled out parenthood.
Word Origin and History for parenthood

1856, from parent (n.) + -hood.

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