[ fil-ee-eyt ]
/ ˈfɪl iˌeɪt /

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).

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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British Dictionary definitions for filiate


/ (ˈfɪlɪˌeɪt) /

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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