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filial (FIL-ee-uhl) adjective

Of or relating to an offspring.

[From Middle English, from Late Latin filialis, from Latin filius (son).]

See more usage examples of filial in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Don't let your social and filial relations unwillingly be scarified through the use of the Internet and online friendships."
Iran Police Warn Against 'Dangerous Sharks' of Internet; Tehran Times (Iran); Apr 26, 2004.

"After commercialism reared its inevitable head, Miss Jarvis (who started Mother's Day) rued that filial urge and battled those who 'would undermine Mother's Day with their greed.'"
Hubert B. Herring; But Will They Make You Breakfast Again Tomorrow?; The New York Times; May 9, 2004.

This week's theme: words about relations.


The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one. -George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)

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