What Does Filial Mean?


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Filial is an adjective meaning of, pertaining to, or befitting either a son or a daughter; such as the term filial respect. It could be used to mean having or taking on the relationship of offspring or child to parent. The term filial could also be used in the field of genetics where it would mean of, or pertaining to, a generation or even the sequence of generations which follows the parental generation.

The term filial comes from Middle English; from the Late Latin term filialis; coming from the Latin word filius, meaning son.

The adverb form of the word filial is the term filially. In terms of genetics, the word filial is closely linked with genetic science. Some related terms are Filial piety, filial cruelty, filial imprinting and first filial generation.

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