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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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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.
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.
For I like when daughterly love and dear charity hath no leisure to look to worldly courtesy.
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.
Emphatically mirroring daughterly disgust unaccompanied by simultaneous compassion to features of maternality that are part of her psyche is a socializing to patriarchy at a high psychic price.
That's no daughterly overreaction given his extraordinary vision that salvaged the Swiss watchmaking industry, the third pillar of the country's economy, from a catastrophe brought on by the Japanese quartz revolution in the 1980s.