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sisterly

[sis-ter-lee] /ˈsɪs tər li/
adjective
1.
of, like, or befitting a sister:
sisterly affection.
adverb
2.
in the manner of a sister; as a sister.
Origin of sisterly
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; sister + -ly
Related forms
sisterliness, noun
unsisterly, adjective
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  • Because you are the best, the most consoling, the most sisterly of beings.

  • Why could he not be content with the sisterly regard she had ever felt toward him?

    The Elm Tree Tales F. Irene Burge Smith
  • There was no question of kissing or in any way sealing her sisterly devotion.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It had such a sisterly sound coming from this sweet creature.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • That makes her grin a little, and she pats my hand kind of sisterly like.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • The rejection of him as a lover rendered the sisterly attitude impossible.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • She could be sisterly to him over this without suggesting to him what she could not be to him.

    Michael E. F. Benson
British Dictionary definitions for sisterly

sisterly

/ˈsɪstəlɪ/
adjective
1.
of, resembling, or suitable to a sister, esp in showing kindness and affection
Derived Forms
sisterliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sisterly
adj.

1560s, from sister + -ly (1). Related: Sisterliness.

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