1 designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation [ant: parental]
2 relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring; "filial respect" [ant: parental]
EtymologyMiddle English filial, from Latin fīliālis, adjective derived from fili- in filius "son" and filia "daughter", + adjective ending -alis.
- Hyphenation: fil·i·al
- Pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter
- Designating the generation or generations following a parental generation