non·​par·​ent ˌnän-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce nonparent (audio)
plural nonparents
: someone who is not another's parent
… should the trial court again consider granting custody or guardianship to a nonparent.Teresa Bruno

Examples of nonparent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study found, for example, that nonparents have a role retention rate of 70% compared to parents at 81%, implying those with more family responsibilities are more likely to stay in their roles. Leslie Smith, Forbes, 3 May 2023 Over half of parents (59%) report their financial strategy changed in the past year compared with just 41% of nonparents. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2023 Chelsea Handler is embracing her life as a nonparent. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 15 Feb. 2023 As readers following this saga over the past few weeks have already observed, this is less about parent-versus-nonparent conflict and more about a lack of clear guidance on priorities at your workplace. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2020 When controlling factors such as education, experience, occupation and hours worked, there was a 12% gap in wages between men and women, including parents and nonparents. Eric Morath, WSJ, 10 July 2018 Student parents are twice as likely as nonparents to default on their federal student loans within 12 years of starting school, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress. Cliff Pinckard,, 4 Feb. 2018 The study looked at 22 countries and found that US has the largest happiness gap between parents and nonparents. Jessica Migala /, NBC News, 5 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonparent was in 1860

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“Nonparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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