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filiation

[fil-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌfɪl iˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the fact of being the child of a certain parent.
2.
descent as if from a parent; derivation.
3.
Law. the judicial determination of the paternity of a child, especially of one born out of wedlock.
4.
the relation of one thing to another from which it is derived.
5.
the act of filiating.
6.
the state of being filiated.
7.
an affiliated branch, as of a society.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English filiacion < Medieval Latin fīliātiōn- (stem of fīliātiō). See filiate, -ion
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Examples from the web for filiation
  • The standard of proof in filiation proceedings is by a preponderance of the evidence.
  • If the couple later divorces and the divorce decree contains filiation language, conclusive paternity has been established.
  • In order to prove and define their local filiation, composers chose symbols strategically.
British Dictionary definitions for filiation

filiation

/ˌfɪlɪˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
line of descent; lineage; derivation
2.
the fact of being the child of certain parents
3.
(law) the act or process of filiating
4.
(law) a less common word for affiliation order
5.
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
n.

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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