Definition of Fosterage

1. Noun. Encouragement; aiding the development of something.

Exact synonyms: Fostering
Generic synonyms: Encouragement
Derivative terms: Foster, Foster, Foster

2. Noun. Helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community. "They debated whether nature or nurture was more important"

Definition of Fosterage

1. n. The care of a foster child; the charge of nursing.

Definition of Fosterage

1. Noun. An act of fostering another's child as if it were your own. ¹

2. Noun. A condition of being the foster child. ¹

3. Noun. Promoting or encouragement given by act or word. ¹

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Definition of Fosterage

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Fosterage

1. The care of a foster child; the charge of nursing. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fosterage

foster care
foster child
foster children
foster families
foster family
foster father
foster home
foster home care
foster mother
foster parent
foster parents
fosterage (current term)

Literary usage of Fosterage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Celtic Scotland: A History of Ancient Alban by William Forbes Skene (1880)
"The tie between the chiefs and their dependants was still further strengthened by the custom of fosterage, by which the children of the upper classes were ..."

2. The Hedaya, Or Guide: A Commentary on the Mussulman Laws by ʻAlī ibn Abī Bakr] [al-Marghīnānī, Charles Hamilton (1870)
"A greater degree of fosterage is essential to the establishment of prohibition, because the latter is here founded solely in an apprehension of a ..."

3. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1912)
"They may be grouped under the heads of fosterage of commerce and industry, ... As consuls are appointed in the interest of fosterage commerce and industry, ..."

4. The Tribal System in Wales: Being Part of an Inquiry Into the Structure and by Frederic Seebohm (1904)
"THE LINK OF fosterage BETWEEN TRIBESMEN AND NON-TRIBESMEN. That the custom of placing strangers upon the waste until their successors became proprietors in ..."

5. The Foundations of Society and the Land: A Review of the Social Systems of by John Wynne Jeudwine (1918)
"fosterage.—Keeping in mind that this society of joint user and joint responsibility rested on a supposed unity of kinship, even if very remote, ..."

6. On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish by Eugene O'Curry (1873)
"Ancient System of fosterage explained. Education of boys and girls in ancient Erinn. First Historical allusion to a ..."

7. The Muhammadan Law: Being a Digest of the Law Applicable Especially to the by Shama Churun Sircar (1873)
"fosterage, with respect to the prohibitions occasioned fosterage, by it, ... Prohibition is attached to fosterage, in whatever degree it be found within the ..."

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