One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having no known or acknowledged father; illegitimate.‘she would be a penniless unmarried female with a daughter, her child would be unfathered and base’
born out of wedlock, born of unmarried parentsView synonyms
- ‘Although our myths and fairy tales are full of examples of the plight of fatherless children, are unfathered children really at risk today in modern America?’
- ‘Of course unfathered children portend the continued unraveling of the social order and the rise of the welfare state.’
- ‘In the year 2004, America faces a far greater crisis in a generation of boys and young men who have been unfathered, untutored, undisciplined, and ultimately unleashed on society.’
- ‘Reach out to an unfathered child and include him in one of your family activities before school starts.’
- ‘Instead, the US Government has given their unfathered, unmentored and uninitiated youth the dubious correctional benefits of prison.’
- 1.1literary Of unknown or obscure origin.‘unfathered rumours’
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