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[pair-uh nt-hoo d, par-] /ˈpɛər əntˌhʊd, ˈpær-/
the state, position, or relation of a parent.
Origin of parenthood
1855-60; parent + -hood
Related forms
nonparenthood, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is woman who bears the great burden of parenthood, and with her the decision must rest.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • Then you will have a family and enjoy all the pleasures of parenthood.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Another way in which the mystery of parenthood can be simply and comfortably taught is through the study of vegetable physiology.

    Youth and Sex Mary Scharlieb and F. Arthur Sibly
  • It is, next to marriage and parenthood, the most exacting of human relationships.

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • It is at least likely to cause postponement of parenthood until they feel financially able to take a separate house.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Word Origin and History for parenthood

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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