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filial

[fil-ee-uh l] /ˈfɪl i əl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or befitting a son or daughter:
filial obedience.
2.
noting or having the relation of a child to a parent.
3.
Genetics. pertaining to the sequence of generations following the parental generation, each generation being designated by an F followed by a subscript number indicating its place in the sequence.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin fīliālis, equivalent to Latin fīli(us) son + -ālis -al1
Related forms
filially, adverb
filialness, noun
nonfilial, adjective
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  • In an age when filial duty was a point of pride, especially for daughters, this was especially hurtful.
  • Of course, that kind of filial piety has its limitations.
  • In truth, such a defense is full of filial affection.
  • But there is reason to suspect that filial piety leads her to see his relationship to her father with exaggerated intensity.
  • And his younger characters remain sounding boards for the film's ideas about filial duty and the pressures of the modern world.
  • It is a grimly compelling chronicle of paternal enabling and filial profligacy.
  • Loyalty is the equivalent of filial piety on a different plane.
British Dictionary definitions for filial

filial

/ˈfɪljəl/
adjective
1.
of, resembling, or suitable to a son or daughter: filial affection
2.
(genetics) designating any of the generations following the parental generation; F1 indicates the first filial generation, F2 the second, etc F
Derived Forms
filially, adverb
filialness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin fīliālis, from Latin fīlius son
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Word Origin and History for filial
adj.

late 14c., from Middle French filial, from Late Latin filialis "of a son or daughter," from Latin filius "son," filia "daughter," possibly from a suffixed form of PIE root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow" (see be), though *dhe(i)- "to suck, suckle" (see fecund) "is more likely" [Watkins].

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filial in Medicine

filial fil·i·al (fĭl'ē-əl)
adj.

  1. Relating to the relationship of offspring to parents.

  2. In genetics, relating to a generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation.

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