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Parent selector.

Shorthand version $(':parent')

Description

The :parent selector, select all elements that are the parent of another element, including text nodes.

Opposite of the :empty selector.

Being a jQuery extension the :parent pseudo selector is not part of any current CSS specification. Therefore :parent cannot take advantage of the performance boost provided by the native DOM querySelectorAll() method.

If this selector is not preceded by another selector, the universal selector ("*") is implied and so the whole DOM will be searched. Use another selector as in the example below to narrow the search and improve performance.

Syntax


Signature Description
jQuery(':parent')Has children match

Parameters

None.

Return

N/A.

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Select all elements that are the parent of another element, including text nodes.

In the example below we apply an orange backgroud to all 'em' elements that contain children.


$(function(){
  $('#btn23').on('click', function() {
    $("em:parent").css('backgroundColor', 'orange');
  });
});

Press the button below to action the above code:


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