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ˈfɪl i əlfil·ial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. filialadjective

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

  2. filialadjective

    relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring

    "filial respect"


  1. filialadjective

    Pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter.

  2. filialadjective

    Respectful of the duties and attitudes of a son or daughter toward their parents.

  3. filialadjective

    Of a generation or generations descending from a specific previous one.

  4. Etymology: From filial, from filialis, from filius / filia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FILIALadjective

    Etymology: filial-le, French; filius, Latin.

    My mischievous proceeding may be the glory of his filial piety, the only reward now left for so great a merit. Philip Sidney.

    From imposition of strict laws, to free
    Acceptance of large grace; from servile fear
    To filial; works of law, to works of faith. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    He griev’d, he wept, the sight an image brought
    Of his own filial love; a sadly pleasing thought. Dryden.

    And thus the filial godhead answ’ring spoke. John Milton, P. L.

    Where the old myrtle her good influence sheds,
    Sprigs of like leaf erect their filial heads;
    And when the parent rose decays and dies,
    With a resembling face the daughter buds arise. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Filialadjective

    of or pertaining to a son or daughter; becoming to a child in relation to his parents; as, filial obedience

  2. Filialadjective

    bearing the relation of a child

  3. Etymology: [L. filialis, fr. filius son, filia daughter; akin to e. female, feminine. Cf. Fitz.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Filial

    fil′yal, adj. pertaining to or becoming a son or daughter: bearing the relation of a child.—adv. Fil′ially. [Fr.,—Low L. filialis—L. filius, a son.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of filial in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of filial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of filial in a Sentence

  1. Khairunnisa Haidar:

    She is a filial, beautiful and smart daughter. It is a painful loss. it is a natural disaster. Nobody is to be blamed.

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