fa·​mil·​ial | \ fə-ˈmil-yəl How to pronounce familial (audio) , -ˈmi-lē-əl \

Definition of familial

1 : tending to occur in more members of a family than expected by chance alone a familial disorder
2 : of, relating to, or suggestive of a family has familial ties to the area a familial atmosphere

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Examples of familial in a Sentence

The company has created a familial atmosphere in its offices. it's a familial duty as well as a tradition for everyone in my family to eat dinner together
Recent Examples on the Web Some viewers said that the theme of familial loyalty, presented throughout the movie, brought their own families closer together. NBC News, "Korean Americans share how their families bonded over 'Parasite'," 9 Feb. 2020 The plot intensifies with familial drama as Lizzie’s brother demands more of her support, which in turn puts a strain on some of her most important relationships. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Jenny Offill's Weather Is a Doomsday Novel We All Can Relate to," 6 Feb. 2020 The Housing for Older Persons Act protects communities like theirs from claims of familial status discrimination. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "An orphaned teen is being forced out of his grandparents' senior community because he's too young," 16 Jan. 2020 Due April 17 via Dirty Hit, the album promises to be the star's most personal offering to date, as the singer navigates cultural dynamics, familial discord and much more. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Rina Sawayama Announces Debut Album With New Song 'Comme Des Garçons'," 17 Jan. 2020 After years of quietly dating, the two tied the knot in the summer of 2018 in Scotland with a service at a village church and the reception at Leslie's familial home, Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Attend the Golden Globes Together," 6 Jan. 2020 What should be a time of spiritual reflection and familial festivity heads, inexorably, toward a violent encounter between father and son. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "Driss Chraïbi & the Novel Morocco Had to Ban," 2 Jan. 2020 Eva has a strained relationship with her father Zelman Katz (Philip Baker Hall), yet the reason for that familial tension goes unexplained. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "This Is The Answer To Every Question You Have About Messiah‘s Eva," 1 Jan. 2020 The name Sister, with its suggestion of close connections and familial love, is indeed the restaurant’s mantra. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland’s vibrant Sister signals shift in restaurant culture," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of familial

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for familial

French, from Latin familia

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The first known use of familial was in 1843

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13 Feb 2020

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“Familial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familial. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of familial

: of or relating to a family : suggesting a family
medical : tending to affect members of the same family


fa·​mil·​ial | \ fə-ˈmil-yəl How to pronounce familial (audio) \

Kids Definition of familial

: relating to or typical of a family


fa·​mil·​ial | \ fə-ˈmil-yəl How to pronounce familial (audio) \

Medical Definition of familial

: tending to occur in more members of a family than expected by chance alone a familial disorder — compare acquired sense 1, congenital sense 2, hereditary

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