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A spare parent. A parent you could quite easily manage without for the rest of your life.

Usually people have either one sparent, but ideally no sparents until the age of 18. After this age one ought to have two sparents, but may feel as if they still need at least one of their sparents.

The maximum number of sparents a person can have is 4, when one's parents have divorced and both remarried such that one has two actual parents and two step-parents, but all of them are useless and hence spare.

The minimum number is -2, i.e. one is an orphan, under the age of 18 who really needs two parents.
"How many parents do you have?"

"2, although my dad is really a sparent."
by MrCardboard November 08, 2011
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