Definition of filial in English:

filial

Syllabification: fil·i·al
Pronunciation: /ˈfilyəl
 
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adjective

1Of or due from a son or daughter: a display of filial affection
More example sentences
  • At least some of them must have experienced a bit of filial affection that they had been longing to get when he said he was to be treated like their son.
  • Besides, the rule prevents the sacrifice of life to which filial affection might expose a generous youth, who in his conscience may condemn his father's conduct.
  • The emerging generation are more and more impervious to standard school indoctrination, less ready to give up their seats on buses, less respectful and filial.
Synonyms
dutiful, devoted, compliant, respectful, affectionate, loving
1.1 Biology Denoting the generation or generations after the parental generation. See also F1.
More example sentences
  • Every second generation during backcrossing, we mated the first filial offspring of the parental backcross to recover the recessive phenotype.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin filialis, from filius 'son', filia 'daughter'.

Derivatives

filially

adverb
More example sentences
  • In order to attain their salvation, they also had to be honest, gentle, obedient, merciful, filially pietistic, and patient - all attributes of the perfect wife and mother.
  • Her last name, Price, links her filially to the rules of market exchange.
  • She is filially loving but also rebellious and mischievous.

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