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familial

[fuh-mil-yuh l, -mil-ee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a family: familial ties.
  2. appearing in individuals by heredity: a familial disease.
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Origin of familial

From French, dating back to 1895–1900; see origin at family, -al1
Related formsin·ter·fa·mil·ial, adjectivenon·fa·mil·ial, adjective
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Examples from the Web for familial

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Historical Examples

  • In this case also the whole movement of a life takes place in the magic circle of the familial constellation.

  • A chivalrous young American may offer his life for a remote ideal which yet may belong to his familial tradition.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • Race is such a transcendent parameter and so are gender, familial affiliation or contacts and influence.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • He'd clap his hand upon my shoulder and cuss me as familial and neighbourly as if he'd been a common chap.

  • Again it struck me that they bore a familial kinship to a variety that occurred on the plain.

    Attrition

    Jim Wannamaker


British Dictionary definitions for familial

familial

adjective
  1. of or relating to the family
  2. occurring in the members of a familya familial disease
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Word Origin and History for familial

adj.

from French familial, from Latin familia (see family). Meaning "hereditary" is from 1900; "family-like" is from 1903.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

familial in Medicine

familial

(fə-mĭlyəl)
adj.
  1. Occurring or tending to occur among family members, usually by heredity.
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