[ fil-ee-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌfɪl iˈeɪ ʃən /


Nearby words

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

Origin of filiation

1425–75; late Middle English filiacion < Medieval Latin fīliātiōn- (stem of fīliātiō). See filiate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for filiation


/ (ˌfɪlɪˈeɪʃən) /


line of descent; lineage; derivation
the fact of being the child of certain parents
law the act or process of filiating
law a less common word for affiliation order
the set of rules governing the attachment of children to their parents and its social consequences
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Word Origin and History for filiation



1520s, from French filiation, from Medieval Latin filiationem (nominative filiatio), noun of action from filiare "to have a child," from Latin filius/filia (see filial).

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