Adjective "filial" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or due from a son or daughter.
  1. 'Even the relationship between Fowler, who is from England, and Pyle, hailing from New England, ought to be seen as in some sense a filial one (from England to New England).'
  2. 'In an act of filial generosity, he ordered April to be renamed for his mother.'
  3. 'For example, it teaches filial respect, marital fidelity, nonviolence, and cooperation.'
  4. 'The love triangle between the elder characters was mirrored by that of the younger - a tangled web of secret liaisons intermingled with filial duty.'
  5. 'Devoted and filial, he was his mother's favourite child.'
  6. 'Theirs was a complex relationship, alternating between filial indulgence and collegial rivalry.'
  7. 'I am told that in China, filial piety is important.'
  8. 'As much as any other mother would, she was concerned greatly for her son, and her son in return, was filial and respectful to her.'
  9. 'Besides, the rule prevents the sacrifice of life to which filial affection might expose a generous youth, who in his conscience may condemn his father's conduct.'
  10. 'Is it because filial daughters are more bound to filial ideology than runaways?'
Denoting the offspring of a cross.


    1. of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter: filial obedience.

    2. noting or having the relation of a child to a parent.

    3. 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.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "pieties can be filial."

    "imprintings can be filial."

    "affections can be filial."

    "duties can be filial."

    "responsibilities can be filial."

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    Late Middle English: from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin filialis, from filius ‘son’, filia ‘daughter’.