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SISTER. A woman who has the same father and mother with another, or has one of them only. In the first case she is called sister, simply; in the second, half sister. Vide Brother; Children; Descent; Father; Mother.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Therefore all African church leaders must look beyond their own denomination to promote brother- and sisterliness, and seek the welfare of all.
By some magic peculiar to the highly original country of the Yanquis, their relation appeared to be that of an indifferent sisterliness, with a balance of authority in favor of the younger" (49).
Not merely in order to mouth the saying, but to carry it out in conditions such as those under which we were living." These women invoked both Torah and "sisterliness" to explain the behavior they, like thousands of other women, report as the most crucial element in their survival.(8) Although no one has studied the primacy of "sisterly" values over religious ones, it is clear from the women's own terminology that gender made a significant difference in the ways in which these women met the challenge of survival.