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 (stĕp′făm′ə-lē, -făm′lē)
n. pl. step·fam·i·lies
A family with one or more stepchildren.
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(ˈstɛpˌfæmɪlɪ; ˈstɛpˌfæmlɪ)
n, pl -lies
a family created by a second union in which there are stepchildren or step-parents
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(ˈstɛpˌfæm ə li, -ˌfæm li)

n., pl. -lies.
a family composed of a parent, a stepparent, and a child or children by a previous marriage.
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It includes more than 100 cards for stepfamily members, adoptive families, single-parent families, extended and combined families.
You could call the National Stepfamily Association for more advice on 0990 168388.
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After spending some time with Sequoyah and his stepfamily, Uwahali leaves with a new understanding of his fathers accomplishments.
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Meanwhile, you can find help through the National Stepfamily Resource Center (