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).

Nearby words

  1. filet mignon,
  2. filial,
  3. filial generation,
  4. filial piety,
  5. filially,
  6. filiation,
  7. filibeg,
  8. filibuster,
  9. filicide,
  10. filiform

Origin of filiate

1785–95; < Medieval Latin fīliātus like the father (said of a son), equivalent to Latin fīli(us) son + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (tr)

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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