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1. One's female child.
2. A female descendant.
3. A woman considered as if in a relationship of child to parent: a daughter of the nation.
4. One that is personified or regarded as a female descendant: "Culturally Japan is a daughter of Chinese civilization" (Edwin O. Reischauer).
5. The immediate product of the radioactive decay of an element.
1. Possessing the characteristics of a daughter; having the relationship of a daughter.
2. Of or relating to a cell, organelle, or other structure produced by division or replication: daughter cell; daughter DNA.
3. Produced by or resulting from the decay of a radioactive element: daughter atom; daughter nuclide.

[Middle English doughter, from Old English dohtor; see dhugəter- in Indo-European roots.]

daugh′ter·ly adj.


(ˈdɔ tər li)

pertaining to, befitting, or like a daughter.
daugh′ter•li•ness, n.
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Adj.1.daughterly - befitting a daughter; "daughterly affection"
filial - relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring; "filial respect"
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For I like when daughterly love and dear charity hath no leisure to look to worldly courtesy.
Shaw put out the other hand to Fanny, who gave him a daughterly kiss, quite forgetting everything but the tender feeling that sprung up in her heart at the renewal of the childish custom which we never need outgrow.
It was better still to see Amy pay him the daughterly duty and affection which completely won his old heart, and best of all, to watch Laurie revolve about the two, as if never tired of enjoying the pretty picture they made.
Urusova shows that when parents are morally defective, daughterly disobedience is justifiable.
Even if you live in sweats the rest of the year, do your daughterly duty and throw on something nice for family functions.
Two popular and much-loved Emirati media personalities have shown their true spirit of fatherly and daughterly love.
Self-help strategies that are reported to help include physical activity, stress management (I suggest your daughterly meditation), and a healthful diet.
Silvia and Julia in The Two Gentleman of Verona are characterized as 'peevish' and 'perverse' by disobeying their father, as is Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, whose independence frustrates 'an expectation of daughterly submission' (36-7).
The "trope of nation-as-woman," they argue "depends on the representational efficacy of a particular image of woman as chaste, dutiful, daughterly, or maternal.
In Ally's case, culture, language disability, displacement, daughterly responsibility, and educational purpose come together in a six-minute coproduction.
Thanks to Lily's surprising invitation to go clubbing, Nina, during a critical period of incipient daughterly rebellion, escapes her mother's grip.
As Frida Berrigan puts it, in true daughterly fashion, her parents were basically normal --"if you set aside the whole protesting and getting arrested and going to jail and talking about one's faith all the time stuff.