Definition of unfathered in US English:



  • 1Having no known or acknowledged father; illegitimate.

    • ‘Of course unfathered children portend the continued unraveling of the social order and the rise of the welfare state.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, the US Government has given their unfathered, unmentored and uninitiated youth the dubious correctional benefits of prison.’
    • ‘Reach out to an unfathered child and include him in one of your family activities before school starts.’
    born out of wedlock, born of unmarried parents
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    1. 1.1literary Of unknown or obscure origin.
      ‘unfathered rumors’