- the state or fact of being a son or daughter; relation of a child to its parent
- descent from or as from a parent; derivation
- the forming of a new branch of a society, etc.
- such a branch
- Law the determination by a court of the paternity of a child
Origin of filiationMiddle English filiacion ; from Old French filiation ; from Late Latin filiatio ; from Classical Latin filius: see filial
- a. The condition or fact of being the child of a certain parent.b. Law Judicial determination of the paternity of a nonmarital child for the purposes of compelling support.
- A line of descent; derivation.
- a. The act or fact of forming a new branch, as of a society or language group.b. The branch thus formed.
Origin of filiationMedieval Latin f&imacron;liati&omacron;, f&imacron;liati&omacron;n-, quality of being a son, legal right of a son, from Latin f&imacron;lius, son; see dh&emacron;(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural filiations)
[circa 1520] From French filiation