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 EnglishRelated formsfil·i·al·ly, adverbfil·i·al·ness, nounnon·fil·i·al, adjective
< Late Latin fīliālis,
equivalent to Latin fīli(us
) son + -ālis -al1
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Filial devotion to her father had been one motive, but not the only one.
Her notions of filial duty, notwithstanding the persecutions she meets with.
Besides; if you are not filial, sir, if you discard that duty, you are at least—hum—not a Christian?
Her filial piety gives her dreadful faith in a father's curses.
He called him his son, but he required from him filial obedience.
British Dictionary definitions for filial
Derived Formsfilially, adverbfilialness, noun
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
Word Origin for filial
C15: from Late Latin fīliālis, from Latin fīlius son
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Word Origin and History for filial
late 14c., from Middle French filial, from Late Latin filialis "of a son or daughter," from Latin filius "son," filia "daughter," possibly from a suffixed form of PIE root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow" (see be), though *dhe(i)- "to suck, suckle" (see fecund) "is more likely" [Watkins].
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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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