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verb (used with object), fil·i·at·ed, fil·i·at·ing.
  1. 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
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Historical Examples of filiate

  • De fus' question he axed me wuz 'whut party does yo' 'filiate wif?'

    Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives

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British Dictionary definitions for filiate


verb (tr)
  1. law to fix judicially the paternity of (a child, esp one born out of wedlock)
  2. law a less common word for affiliate
  3. archaic to affiliate or associate
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Word Origin for filiate

C18: from Medieval Latin fīliātus acknowledged as a son, from Latin fīlius son
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