Definition of filiation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfɪlɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The fact of being 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 fact of being descended or derived from something: the filiation of many of his ideas from those developed by Carpenter
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  • This filiation confirms the importance of the role of military engineers in management history.
  • Other means of indicating literary filiation are available.
  • Be that as it may, it is a matter of historical filiation that the second view became ‘classical’ in the sense of ‘received.’
1.2The relation of one thing 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.


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

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