step·​par·​ent | \ ˈstep-ˌper-ənt How to pronounce stepparent (audio) \

Definition of stepparent

: a person who is a stepmother or stepfather

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Some minors travel with stepparents or other guardians, said Jennifer Podkul, senior director of policy and advocacy at Kids in Need of Defense, an organization that represents unaccompanied migrant children in deportation proceedings. Dallas News, "As Trump expands DNA testing at border to root out child trafficking, privacy questions grow," 19 Aug. 2019 The Berman-Stark legislation would give mothers, fathers, grandparents, stepparents, siblings, spouses and guardians the authority to make the the court request. Anthony Man,, "Marco Rubio wants Senate to quickly consider ‘red flag’ gun proposal," 6 Aug. 2019 If that means murdering Andy's mean cat and pseudo stepparent, so be it! Kaitlin Reilly,, "Should You See Toy Story 4 Or Child's Play?," 20 June 2019 For an assertive, proactive person like you, being a stepparent — who should really function as the backup parent to the two primary parents — would be extremely challenging. Relinquishing any control would be a tall order. Amy Dickinson,, "Pot meets kettle when two women tussle for control," 20 May 2018 The children fought among themselves and eyed their new stepparents with various degrees of antagonism or, worse, indifference. Vogue, "How One Writer Wrestled With Her Role as a First—and Second—Wife," 15 Mar. 2018 We've been married for 8 years and just finalized a stepparent adoption last month. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "Spring woman wins Robbins Brothers' epic adventure to Fiji," 1 Feb. 2018 Spouses, children, parents, stepparents, siblings, stepsiblings, grandchildren and grandparent would all be considered immediate family under SB49. Marie Simoneaux,, "Should families have the right to visit inmates suffering from serious injuries?," 26 Oct. 2017 These are words that might resonate with any well-meaning stepparent, words that point to the sometimes fraught complexity of belonging to a family that isn't so much blended as composed, assorted, irregular. Rebecca Mead, Town & Country, "More to Love," 13 Jan. 2014

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stepparent

: someone that your mother or father marries after the marriage to or relationship with your other parent has ended

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