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filiate

[fil-ee-eyt]
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verb (used with object), fil·i·at·ed, fil·i·at·ing.
  1. Law. to determine judicially the paternity of, as a child born out of wedlock.Compare affiliate(def 5).

Origin of filiate

1785–95; < Medieval Latin fīliātus like the father (said of a son), equivalent to Latin fīli(us) son + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for filiate

Historical Examples

  • De fus' question he axed me wuz 'whut party does yo' 'filiate wif?'

    Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives

    Work Projects Administration


British Dictionary definitions for filiate

filiate

verb (tr)
  1. law to fix judicially the paternity of (a child, esp one born out of wedlock)
  2. law a less common word for affiliate
  3. archaic to affiliate or associate

Word Origin

C18: from Medieval Latin fīliātus acknowledged as a son, from Latin fīlius son
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