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a. A male whose sperm unites with an egg, producing an embryo.
b. A male whose impregnation of a female results in the birth of a child.
c. A man who adopts a child.
d. A man who raises a child.
2. A male parent of an animal.
3. A male ancestor: He has died and now sleeps with his fathers.
a. A man who creates, originates, or founds something: Chaucer is considered the father of English poetry.
b. A man who serves or is thought of as a protector: beloved as the father of the nation.
5. Father Christianity
a. God.
b. The first person of the Christian Trinity.
a. An elderly or venerable man. Used as a title of respect.
b. One of the leading men, as of a city: the town fathers.
c. or Father A church father.
d. A member of the senate in ancient Rome.
7. Abbr. Fr.
a. A priest or clergyman in the Roman Catholic or Anglican churches.
b. Used as a title and form of address with or without the clergyman's name.
v. fa·thered, fa·thering, fa·thers
a. To provide the sperm that unites with an egg to produce (an embryo, fetus, or child).
b. To act or serve as a father to (a child).
2. To create, found, or originate: father a political movement.
3. To attribute the paternity, creation, or origin of: "[Swift's] ideas about the education of the young are fathered on to the Lilliputians" (George Orwell).
To act or serve as a father.


Social medicine The biological and/or rearing male figure in a family unit. See Secondary father.

Patient discussion about father

Q. What is the risk of biabetes if my father got it? My father was recently diagnosed at the age of 55 as having Type 2 Diabetes. Do I have a greater risk of developing diabetes also?

A. Indeed, as a first degree relative of a diabetic patient you have a higher risk of developing diabetes than the average person. The risk of developing diabetes depends on many factors, both genetic and non-genetic (nutrition, weight and exercise). The risk also depends on other relevant conditions you may have (for example hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol or lipid levels).
It should be mentioned, that even for an individual whose parents both have type 2 diabetes, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes isn’t 100% but rather less than 50%.

Q. My father is depressed after his retirement. My father is depressed after his retirement. My mom is depressed due to my sister’s divorce. My sister is depressed because of her husband’s irresponsibility. Her child is depressed of its parents. I am depressed because of all these. What is this Great Depression all about? Any answer?

A. hello friend....sometimes you have deal with the hard times without loosing it,or getting depressed...things happen in life..that we may not like all the time...you have to learn to accept them..and move on...people lose their jobs...people lose their homes...and people leave each other all the time...YOU..have to be strong..and get on with your life....HERES a question for you...think about what the world wwould be like if every time something happened to..a person that they didnt like...they all got depressed......??????

Q. Hello ! my name is Joe and i am a father to an Autistic child .. my son is 5 years old , and recently he has been diagnosed with a slight autistic behavior .. nothing serious according to the doctors .. but i am afraid it will effect his life later on .. i always knew he is a little special and that he his a little different than the other children at the garden ... but know getting a label on it " Autistic" make me feel .. i don't know .. a little afraid and blur in the meaning of what does it mean ... i am here because i was hoping maybe to get an advice or any thing else that would be helpful for me to realize and lern the new "discover" and the unknown label of being "autistic" , do i need to supply different things and attention to my child ? does he need to go and learn in a special school ? how do i treat it by medical terms and treatment ? lots of questions and i have no answers by now .. hope i'll get what i am looking for here .... Thanks any way ...

A. Joe, you seemed confused. i hope you understand that it's O.K to be confused, no one was born with the innate ability to cope with all of this. you have a great amount of questions about being a father to an autistic child, i suggest using the help of "Autism Society of America" which is an organization full of wonderful people who are here to help. here is a link to their site:

please update me if that was helpful!

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One is that those of us who have recommended a full-scale rhetorical assault on fatherlessness have heard this for decades, whereas if efforts had been made years ago, the problem could have been significantly alleviated by now.
Much More Fatherlessness. In about half of the homes of these children, the mothers are living with the fathers at the time of the child's birth, which means that about 20 percent of children are born into unmarried cohabiting-couple households.
As Terence McSweeney argues (38), there is a general tendency of this Russian "new wave" cinema for revisiting Russian classics and for developing a typical approach and rhythm that distinguishes this type of cinema from those employing Western techniques, not to mention the preference for certain themes (fatherhood or fatherlessness among them).
If anything, the threats against the stability and strength of marriage and family life have increased because of a culture of divorce; cohabitation; unwed childbirth; reproductive technologies that have legitimized the separation of having babies and sex (such that women consciously have children without a father); fatherlessness; abortion on demand; (33) a permissive sexual ethic that has separated sex completely from having babies; and, last but not least, homosexuality and the push for same-sex marriage.
This article seeks to explore the impact of fatherlessness on gender development through the analysis of Ernest Hemingway's early short stories.
Moreover, Jonathan and Cinawendela (2006), theorizing about the impact of such factors as violence, fatherlessness, racism, and poverty on African American boys, were forthright in their call for the need to study African American boys from an ecological perspective.
The dilemma we face is that we no longer possess a clear sense of the sanctity, nature, and purposes of marriage, and this is reflected both in the epidemic of fatherlessness and the gay "marriage" juggernaut.
Within the framework of shifting cultural expectations and demographic trends, the question can be asked: "Is there a relationship between fatherlessness and the attainment of a high school diploma?"
The purpose of this annual two-day event is to bring men together to discuss the issue of fatherlessness, identify solutions and resources, promote positive images of the father role and gather data to address the many challenges facing fathers.
The filmmakers never really explore the parallels between von Sydow's character and Oskar's fatherlessness; with his ancient, sad but compassionate eyes, von Sydow gives an expressive performance, but he is there mainly as someone Oskar can talk with on his adventures.
He has no memory of a man older than himself as kin and nothing to compare fatherlessness to.
There were also contributions from BCU PhD student Martin Glynn, who travelled to Baltimore in the US last year to study the impact of fatherlessness on anti-social behaviour.