sin·​gle·​ness | \ˈsiŋ-gəl-nəs \

Definition of singleness 

: the quality or state of being single

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By then, Katie had tried so many different ways to make her singleness bearable that the experience wasn’t even worth remembering. Good Housekeeping, "How the Purity Movement Made Women Giddy About Dating Jesus, and Ashamed to Masturbate," 27 Aug. 2018 Raised to be super achievers, their singleness is more sanitized. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Gift of Loneliness," 22 Dec. 2017 Her ensemble cast, most of whose members are Shaw Festival veterans, performs with a telepathic singleness of purpose. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "At the Shaw Festival, Memory and Madness," 17 Aug. 2017 Lawrence, too, as Season 2 begins, is trying his singleness on for size. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Insecure’s Nuanced Take on Singleness," 24 July 2017

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1560, in the meaning defined above

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