step·​daugh·​ter | \ˈstep-ˌdȯ-tər \

Definition of stepdaughter 

: a daughter of one's wife or husband by a former partner

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Among the death-row inmates who will avoid a death sentence under Thursday’s ruling are serial killer Robert Lee Yates, who killed 15 women, and Dayva Cross, who murdered his wife and two stepdaughters in 1999. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Death penalty struck down by Washington Supreme Court, taking 8 men off death row," 12 Oct. 2018 San Jose, California, police charged 90-year-old Anthony (Tony) Vincent Aiello in the gruesome death of his 67-year-old stepdaughter after obtaining dramatic health data recorded by her Fitbit Alta HR device. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fitbit data used to charge 90-year-old man in gruesome hacking murder case," 5 Oct. 2018 Surveillance footage near the Aiello’s house stood in conflict with Tony Aiello saying his stepdaughter drove by with an unidentified passenger. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fitbit data used to charge 90-year-old man in gruesome hacking murder case," 5 Oct. 2018 Survivors include his wife, Maureen Donnelly; five sons; four daughters; two stepdaughters; 26 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Marc Fisher,, "Dan Ingram, early 'Top 40' DJ known for biting humor, dies at 83," 29 June 2018 The 63-year-old substitute teacher had 11 grandchildren, three children, and one stepdaughter, according to her eldest son. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "‘Don’t Scream’: How the Texas School Shooting Unfolded," 20 May 2018 Sanel Saint Simon is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Alexandria Chery, his 16-year-old stepdaughter. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "'I don't know what happened:' Man convicted of Alexandria Chery's murder sentenced to life in prison," 12 June 2018 He was put to death for the 2002 strangling death of his 12-year-old stepdaughter in Livingston Parish. Julia O'donoghue,, "Proposal to end death penalty rejected in Louisiana House committee," 11 Apr. 2018 In addition to his son, he is survived by a stepson, Richard Mander; a stepdaughter, Melanie Mander; and two grandchildren. New York Times, "Russell Nype, Two-Time Tony-Winning Actor, Dies at 98," 4 June 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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: your wife's or husband's daughter by a past marriage or relationship

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