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FILIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does filial mean? 

FILIAL (adjective)
  The adjective FILIAL has 2 senses:

1. designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation
2. relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring

  Familiarity information: FILIAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FILIAL (adjective)


Sense 1filial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Domain category:

genetic science; genetics (the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms)

Antonym:

parental (designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced)

Pertainym:

offspring (the immediate descendants of a person)


Sense 2filial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring

Context example:

filial respect

Similar:

daughterly (befitting a daughter)

Antonym:

parental (relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent)


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