related through the remarriage of a parent
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Word origin of 'step-'
ME < OE steop-
, orphaned (akin to Ger stief-,
) < base of stiepan,
to bereave, prob. < IE *(s)teub-,
to strike (hence “cut off”) > stump
: orig. used of orphaned children