un·​wed | \ ˌən-ˈwed How to pronounce unwed (audio) \

Definition of unwed

1 : not married an unwed mother unwed couples
2 : of or relating to unmarried persons an unwed pregnancy

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Recent Examples on the Web At age 17, my pregnant and unwed mother married a schoolmate of my biological father. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Family friend extends helping hand during tragedy; ‘How can we thank her?’," 24 Aug. 2020 The report proved all too prophetic, as the proportion of black children born to unwed mothers has soared to 80 percent in the decades since. Mario Loyola, National Review, "The New Segregationists," 20 Aug. 2020 Bill Cosby felt audiences wouldn't accept her character as an unwed mother and Bonet was kicked off the show before the second season. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "8 classic Black TV comedies you can stream right now," 30 July 2020 Today, a greater percentage of Americans are born to unwed mothers than ever before, and fewer people are marrying than ever before. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Without Meaning, You Can’t Be Happy," 28 Jan. 2020 A half-century ago, unwed fathers had even fewer rights. Eli Hager, New York Times, "He Didn’t Abuse His Daughter. The State Took Her Anyway.," 25 Sep. 2019 The numbers of unwed women – or women who simply never married – started to grow. Amy Froide, The Conversation, "Spinster, old maid or self-partnered – why words for single women have changed through time," 2 Dec. 2019 There are implications of something revolutionary: throwaway references to unwed mothers in Istanbul and cash embezzled from refugees, montages of multicultural womanhood, a quick shot of birth control pills that kinda killed me. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Charlie's Angels unleashes a riotous Kristen Stewart on movie that is try-hard trash: EW review," 12 Nov. 2019 Kathy obtained a Masters in Social Work from Florida State University while embarking on a long career as an integral part of BETA, a non-profit sanctuary for unwed teen mothers in Orlando. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/22," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unwed

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unwed was in 1513

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“Unwed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwed. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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: not married

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