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filial (adj.)

late 14c., 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), but Watkins finds it "more likely" assimilated from *felios, originally "a suckling," a suffixed form of PIE root *dhe(i)- "to suck, suckle."

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Definitions of filial

filial (adj.)
designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation;
filial (adj.)
relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring;
filial respect
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