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Princeton's WordNet

  1. motherlessadjective

    having no living or known mother


  1. motherlessadjective

    Without a living mother.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Motherlessadjective

    Destitute of a mother; orphan of a mother.

    Etymology: from mother.

    I might shew you my children, whom the rigour of your justice would make complete orphans, being already motherless. Edmund Waller, Speech to the House of Commons.

    My concern for the three poor motherless children obliges me to give you this advice. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.


  1. motherless

    A single parent is a person who has a child or children but does not have a spouse or live-in partner to assist in the upbringing or support of the child. Reasons for becoming a single parent include divorce, break-up, abandonment, becoming widowed, domestic violence, rape, childbirth by a single person or single-person adoption. A single parent family is a family with children that is headed by a single parent.


  1. motherless

    Motherless refers to someone or something that is without a mother, particularly due to her death, absence, or abandonment. This can apply to individuals from any species and may involve circumstances where the mother is uninvolved or unable to provide maternal care or support.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Motherlessadjective

    destitute of a mother; having lost a mother; as, motherless children

  2. Etymology: [AS. mdorles.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motherless in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motherless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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