- of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter: filial obedience.
- noting or having the relation of a child to a parent.
- Genetics. pertaining to the sequence of generations following the parental generation, each generation being designated by an F followed by a subscript number indicating its place in the sequence.
Origin of filial
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin fīliālis, equivalent to Latin fīli(us) son + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for filial
She explained that “filial laws” are a vestige of English rule.Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents?
April 26, 2014
Apparently Romney has placed his filial devotion in the same blind trust in which he has stored his dignity.Paul Begala: The Strangely Silent Jan. 23 Debate in Tampa
January 24, 2012
Filial devotion to her father had been one motive, but not the only one.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Her notions of filial duty, notwithstanding the persecutions she meets with.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Besides; if you are not filial, sir, if you discard that duty, you are at least—hum—not a Christian?Little Dorrit
Her filial piety gives her dreadful faith in a father's curses.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
He called him his son, but he required from him filial obedience.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
- of, resembling, or suitable to a son or daughterfilial affection
- genetics designating any of the generations following the parental generation; F 1 indicates the first filial generation, F 2 the second, etcAbbreviation: F
C15: from Late Latin fīliālis, from Latin fīlius son
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Word Origin and History for filial
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to the relationship of offspring to parents.
- In genetics, relating to a generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation.
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