familial

adjective

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

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 This period may bring up familial wounds or issues related to your sense of security. Glamour, 8 Apr. 2024 Based on the 2019 book of the same name by Anurag Pathak, the film tells the true story of Manoj Kumar Sharma who conquered extreme familial poverty to pass one of the world’s toughest examination processes and become an Indian Police Service officer. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 In February, the new DNA sample was found to be a familial match to DNA collected from Stack's family. USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 Then, through familial DNA, officials were able to identify Jane Doe as 15-year-old Helen Renee Groomes, deputies said. Paloma Chavez, Kansas City Star, 2 Apr. 2024 And as runners age and family dynamics shift—spouses pass away, kids are busy raising their own kids—the people pounding the pavement alongside them help fill in those familial gaps. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2024 The lifelong Williamsburg resident her ancestors have familial ties to the Bray School. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 28 Mar. 2024 His death marked the end of a declining psychological state that led to familial abuse and drug addiction. Devoun Cetoute, Miami Herald, 22 Mar. 2024 Men and women provide the same amount of average hours of care when given the familial role as caregivers but women tend to be caregivers more often, explains Grein. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

French, from Latin familia

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of familial was in 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Familial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familial. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

familial

adjective
fa·​mil·​ial fə-ˈmil-yəl How to pronounce familial (audio)
: of, relating to, or typical of a family

Medical Definition

familial

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