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This word has several meanings: 1. The process of creating; 2. All the offspring born to pairs of parents in a specified period, thus loosely speaking, a cohort; 3. The average time that elapses between the procreation of one generation and that of its offspring. This ill-defined period has varied over historical time according to changes in marital customs, spacing of children, and average age at marriage or at first conception. In the 20th century, it varied from about 20 to 22 years to 25 to 28 years in the industrial nations.

1. The process of creating; 2. All the offspring born to pairs of parents in a specified period, thus loosely speaking, a cohort; 3. The average time that elapses between the procreation of one generation and that of its offspring. This ill-defined period has varied over historical time according to changes in marital customs, spacing of children, and average age at marriage or at first conception. In the 20th century, it varied from about 20 to 22 years to 25 to 28 years in the industrial nations.


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