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n. a child, particularly a minor, whose two natural parents are dead. In some cases, such as whether a child is eligible for public financial assistance to an orphan, "orphan" can mean a child who has lost one parent.

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ORPHAN. A minor or infant who has lost both of his or her parents. Sometimes the term is applied to such a person who has lost only one of his or her parents. 3 Mer. 48; 2 Sim. & Stu. 93; Lo & Man. Inst. B. 1, t. 2, c. 1. See Hazzard's Register of Pennsylvania, vol. 14, pages 188, 1 89, for a correspondence between the Hon. Joseph Hopkinson and ex-president J. Q. Adams as to the meaning of the word Orphan, and Rob. 247.

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Cox proportional hazards models, clustered by facility, were used to evaluate the relationship between orphanhood and attrition.
Like more graphic Mexican films about orphanhood, sexual abuse, and LGBTQ identity such as De la calle or Sin destino, Quemar las naves employs orphanhood and family disintegration as plot catalysts, but it treats sexuality with a subtle touch not unlike that of Y tu mama tambien, in which the homoerotic tension between Tenoch (Diego Luna) and Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) is only directly referenced toward the end of the film.
It is against this backdrop that the study explores the impact of orphanhood on children's educational experiences
Hindin, "The psychological effect of orphanhood in a matured HIV epidemic: An analysis of young people in Mukono, Uganda," Social Science & Medicine, vol.
Contrary to Weston's argument, I would like to consider this novel as a maze of memory that is closely related to such issues as self-positioning, imagination, Asian locality, unreliability, and orphanhood. Matthew Beedham observes that memory is "a topic seemingly present in all of Ishiguro's fiction" (The Novels of Ishiguro 6).
This fact may lead to the orphanhood of the newborn, who is then taken care by another relative or referred by a social worker from the hospital where he was born to social institutions to welcome them.
Even where schools exist, economic, social and cultural factors--including gender, disability, AIDS, household poverty, ethnicity, minority status, orphanhood and child labour--often interlink to keep children out of school.
Youth, lack of parental support and inability to manage, define the limits of orphanhood but do not constitute an independent definition to have someone be considered an orphan.
Judge Yocheved Greenwald-Rand said in her ruling that the state's opposition to the request was based on the idea that granting it would go against the good of the child, because such a child would be subject to "planned orphanhood," and would be "fragile in relation to children from normative families."
Several reviewers of the book have mentioned the echoes of Madame Butterfly, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre in the novel, specifically in relation to the themes of orphanhood and abandonment, and Moore herself has discussed some of these texts as influences.