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).
- filet mignon,
- filial generation,
- filial piety,
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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Examples 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
Word Origin for filiate
C18: from Medieval Latin fīliātus acknowledged as a son, from Latin fīlius son
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