stepchild


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step·child

 (stĕp′chīld′)
n.
1. A child of one's spouse by a previous union.
2. Something that does not receive appropriate care, respect, or attention: "For the longest time, children's books ... were considered the stepchild of publishing" (Robert Sabuda).
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stepchild

(ˈstɛpˌtʃaɪld)
n, pl -children
a stepson or stepdaughter
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step•child

(ˈstɛpˌtʃaɪld)

n., pl. -chil•dren.
1. a child of one's husband or wife by a previous marriage.
2. any person, project, etc., that is not properly treated, supported, or appreciated.
[before 1000]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stepchild - a child of your spouse by a former marriage
child, kid - a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age; "they had three children"; "they were able to send their kids to college"
stepdaughter - a daughter of your spouse by a former marriage
stepson - the son your spouse by a former marriage
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Translations
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stepchild

[ˈsteptʃaɪld] N (stepchildren (pl)) → hijastro/a m/f
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stepchild

[ˈstɛptʃaɪld] n (= stepson) → beau-fils m (= stepdaughter) → belle-fille f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

stepchild

[ˈstɛpˌtʃaɪld] n (-children (pl)) → figliastro/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

stepchild

n (pl -children) hijastro -tra mf
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References in classic literature ?
"There is a child which she had by another husband-- not this one but another one--so it is a stepchild, and they do not count in full measure."
Shiraz said Jimmy treated his stepchild as his own daughter and had listed himself as her father in school, paid her school fees and other expenses.
Grilikhes, the author of "Autism's Stepchild: A Mother's Story", personally worked with Jean after Erikson left and followed her through adolescence into adulthood to the present day.
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks welcomed the Senate's approval of the bill on Twitter last week, adding, "I trust next step will be law allowing stepchild adoption."
"Under the Rules, his child would have been entitled to a share of the assets if he had an estate worth more than pounds 250,000 but his stepchild would not.
The National Council of Welfare states it clearly: "welfare has been the neglected stepchild of governments in Canada".
In this case, the decedent was attempting to apportion his estate among his second wife, his two natural children and a stepchild. The estate's major asset was a defined-benefit pension plan.
To illustrate his case, French zeroes in on Liberia, America's unloved stepchild, a malarial backwater founded by freed American slaves before the Civil War.
Amphetamines and their cheap and easily manufactured stepchild, crystal meth, have long been used by bloody despots and cold-blooded killers.
While they are among the biggest draws for tourists, they have traditionally been a kind of tolerated stepchild in Egyptology.
There was a time when theater was treated as the unwanted stepchild of French Renaissance studies.