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[fuh-mil-yuh l, -mil-ee-uh l] /fəˈmɪl yəl, -ˈmɪl i əl/
of, relating to, or characteristic of a family:
familial ties.
appearing in individuals by heredity:
a familial disease.
Origin of familial
1895-1900; < French; see family, -al1
Related forms
interfamilial, adjective
nonfamilial, adjective Unabridged
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  • In this case also the whole movement of a life takes place in the magic circle of the familial constellation.

  • A chivalrous young American may offer his life for a remote ideal which yet may belong to his familial tradition.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • Race is such a transcendent parameter and so are gender, familial affiliation or contacts and influence.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • He'd clap his hand upon my shoulder and cuss me as familial and neighbourly as if he'd been a common chap.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Again it struck me that they bore a familial kinship to a variety that occurred on the plain.

    Attrition Jim Wannamaker
British Dictionary definitions for familial


of or relating to the family
occurring in the members of a family: a familial disease
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Word Origin and History for familial

from French familial, from Latin familia (see family). Meaning "hereditary" is from 1900; "family-like" is from 1903.

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familial in Medicine

familial fa·mil·ial (fə-mĭl'yəl)
Occurring or tending to occur among family members, usually by heredity.

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