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[fil-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌfɪl iˈeɪ ʃən/
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
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English filiacion < Medieval Latin fīliātiōn- (stem of fīliātiō). See filiate, -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for filiation
Historical Examples
  • 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?

  • Thou art His by creation, but I am His also by adoption, filiation, sonship.

  • 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.

  • In the sinister chief, a crescent denoted his filiation; underneath was the motto "Augmenter."

  • This filiation establishes the uterine relationship and, united to exogamy, prevents marriage between nearest relatives.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • If the mere circumstance of filiation and descent creates no debt, it however is the principle of a very close connection.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • Our aim is only to indicate the main lines of filiation that have produced the prevailing novel of the day.

    Studies in Literature and History

    Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  • I answered, 'The contest concerning Douglas's filiation was over long ago; but the contest now is, who shall have the estate.'

British Dictionary definitions for filiation


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
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