A child shows filial devotion to her mother.
An example of filial is the respect a daughter has for her mother.
- of, suitable to, or due from a son or daughter: filial devotion
- Genetics designating or of any generation following the parental: the first filial generation is designated F, the second (produced from the first) F, etc.
Origin of filialMiddle English from Ecclesiastical Late Latin filialis, of a son or daughter from Classical Latin filius, son, filia, daughter from base of femina, fetus: see female
- Of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter: filial respect.
- Having or assuming the relationship of child or offspring to parent.
- Genetics Of or relating to a generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation.
Origin of filialMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin fīliālis from Latin fīlius son ; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more filial, superlative most filial)
From Middle French filial, from Latin fīliālis, from filius (“son”) / filia (“daughter”).