Definition of filiation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfilēˈāSHən/


1The fact of being or of being designated the child of a particular parent or parents: relationships based on ties of filiation as opposed to marriage
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  • However, three of the five justices attached their opinion on regulation of the law which allows an illegitimate child to obtain citizenship with postnatal filiation after the parents have married each other.
  • Lined with red, the black box poem enacts its filiation yet playfully threatens its ground, where the once white chickens are now floating black hens.
  • In contrast, they draw attention to families defined by both filiation and affiliation.
1.1The manner in which a thing is related to another from which it is derived or descended in some respect: the filiation of Old Norse manuscripts
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  • The complex filiation among the nine men pictured in Elegant Gathering is undeniable; it is in fact plausible that they once convened, which encourages a realist reading of the painting.
  • The specificity of the innovative milieus approach is that it is centered on the process of innovation and of rupture / filiation on the levels of both apprenticeship and coordination.
  • Guest makes audible and concrete a paradoxically social solitariness, a sympathetic projection or filiation in and through poetry.
1.2A branch of a society or language.


Late Middle English: from French, from ecclesiastical and medieval Latin filiatio(n-), from Latin filius 'son', filia 'daughter'.

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Syllabification: fil·i·a·tion

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