A person who is not a child’s natural parent but who is married to the child’s natural mother or father.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

The spouse of a parent, who becomes the stepparent of that parent's child upon marriage. Stepparents are not legal parents of their spouse's children unless they complete a stepparent adoption, which requires the consent of the other legal parent or the termination of that parent's rights. (See also: stepparent adoption)
Category: Divorce & Family Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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  • Stepparent — Step par ent, n. Stepfather or stepmother. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stepparent — [step′per΄ənt, step′par΄ənt] n. [ STEP + PARENT] the person who has married one s parent after the death of or divorce from the other parent; stepfather or stepmother …   English World dictionary

  • stepparent — UK [ˈstepˌpeərənt] / US [ˈstepˌperənt] noun [countable] Word forms stepparent : singular stepparent plural stepparents a stepfather or stepmother …   English dictionary

  • stepparent — [[t]ste̱ppeərənt[/t]] stepparents also step parent N COUNT: oft poss N Someone s stepparent is their stepmother or stepfather …   English dictionary

  • stepparent — noun Date: 1840 a person who is a stepmother or stepfather …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stepparent — stepparenting, n. /step pair euhnt, par /, n. a stepfather or stepmother. [1885 90; STEP + PARENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • stepparent — noun A stepfather or stepmother …   Wiktionary

  • stepparent — step|par|ent [ˈstepˌpeərənt US ˌper ] n a stepfather or stepmother …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stepparent — step|par|ent [ step,perənt ] noun count a STEPFATHER or STEPMOTHER …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stepparent — n. stepfather or stepmother …   English contemporary dictionary

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