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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.
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(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.
The empowerment of Jacobs's "daughterly" reader depends upon the reader's recognition that relationships between women are similarly structured to perverse master-slave relations; with that recognition the reader can choose how to exert her power.
In "The Blessing," which is dedicated to the poet's elder daughter, and makes as much room for affection as for injury, Kizer beautifully melds her recognition of having been mothered by her daughter--a situation familiar to many women--with her own daughterly experiences in that dual role.
The text's daughterly position of proximity allows a recovery of the body without collapsing interpretation upon it.
Deborah set aside "personal dislike, feminine benevolence, natural reserve" in order to lead her people into battle, while Pharoah's daughter disregarded manmade rules concerning "[s]tate policy, prejudice, nay even daughterly disobedience" in order to save Moses's life (WoS 74, 93).
"Humor as Daughterly Defense in Crawford." The Victorian Comic Spirit: New Perspectives.
Overcoming her daughterly scruples, she persuades her father to give her a larger share of the family fortune.
At Mansfield Park, however, the ethos of daughterly gratitude and feminine pliability blurs the boundary between Sir Thomas's demands and Fanny's own desires.
Because so frequently, that relationship is predicated on a performance by the girl, a performance of her smartness that shows her off as the daughterly possession of her mentor.
Gillooly's readings of nineteenth-century novels serve to flesh out various ways that feminine humor can operate: as "maternal aggression" (Jane Austen); "daughterly defense" (Elizabeth Gaskell); and "maternal protection" (George Eliot).