- the fact of being the child of a certain parent.
- descent as if from a parent; derivation.
- Law. the judicial determination of the paternity of a child, especially of one born out of wedlock.
- the relation of one thing to another from which it is derived.
- the act of filiating.
- the state of being filiated.
- an affiliated branch, as of a society.
Origin of filiation
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Examples from the Web for filiation
Filiation is thus sometimes paternal and sometimes maternal.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Wilt thou give me an inheritance, a filiation, any thing for my heart?Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
Thou art His by creation, but I am His also by adoption, filiation, sonship.The Hart and the Water-Brooks;
John R. Macduff
The filiation of modern European tongues is known to every one.Origin of Cultivated Plants
Alphonse De Candolle
Lawyers are of opinion, that filiation is necessary to legitimation, but not è contra.Three Hours after Marriage
- line of descent; lineage; derivation
- the fact of being the child of certain parents
- law the act or process of filiating
- law a less common word for affiliation order
- the set of rules governing the attachment of children to their parents and its social consequences
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Word Origin and History for filiation
1520s, from French filiation, from Medieval Latin filiationem (nominative filiatio), noun of action from filiare "to have a child," from Latin filius/filia (see filial).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper