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filiate

[ fil-ee-eyt ]

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 6 ).


filiate

/ ˈfɪlɪˌeɪt /

verb

  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 History and Origins

Origin of filiate1

1785–95; < Medieval Latin fīliātus like the father (said of a son), equivalent to Latin fīli ( us ) son + -ātus -ate 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of filiate1

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

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

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