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/ ˈfɪl iˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), fil·i·at·ed, fil·i·at·ing.
Law. to determine judicially the paternity of, as a child born out of wedlock.Compare affiliate (def. 5).
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Origin of filiate
1785–95; <Medieval Latin fīliātus like the father (said of a son), equivalent to Latin fīli(us) son + -ātus-ate1
Words nearby filiate
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Example sentences from the Web for filiate
De fus' question he axed me wuz 'whut party does yo' 'filiate wif?'Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives|Work Projects Administration
British Dictionary definitions for filiate
/ (ˈfɪlɪˌeɪt) /
law to fix judicially the paternity of (a child, esp one born out of wedlock)
law a less common word for affiliate
archaic to affiliate or associate
Word Origin for filiate
C18: from Medieval Latin fīliātus acknowledged as a son, from Latin fīlius son
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