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Meaning of stepchild

step•child

Pronunciation: (step'chīld"), [key]
— pl. -child•ren.
  1. a child of one's husband or wife by a previous marriage.
  2. any person, organization, affiliate, project, etc., that is not properly treated, supported, or appreciated: This agency is the stepchild when appropriations are handed out.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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