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[fil-ee-uh l] /ˈfɪl i əl/

of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter:
filial obedience.
noting or having the relation of a child to a parent.
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.
of, resembling, or suitable to a son or daughter: filial affection
(genetics) designating any of the generations following the parental generation; F1 indicates the first filial generation, F2 the second, etc F

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].

filial fil·i·al (fĭl’ē-əl)


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