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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Synonyms & Antonyms for familial


domestic, household


nondomestic, nonfamilial

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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

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It may well be influenced by a familial or genetic predisposition, Dr. Honigman says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Exactly Is Altitude Sickness?," 20 Dec. 2018 All bonds — romantic, platonic, professional, familial — will be affected by the planetary motions. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 The Cut also reported that despite their familial ties to President Trump, both Kloss and Kushner voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Karlie Kloss Says She and Joshua Kushner Share the Same 'Liberal Values’ Despite His Ties to Trump," 11 Sep. 2018 Handcrafted, American-made, timeless, humble, familial, utilitarian and whimsical, these offerings seemed to be the perfect material incarnation of my notion of holiday spirit, all yummy goodness and light. Sally Singer, Vogue, "10 Holiday Gifts That Dazzle, Then Largely Disappear," 29 Nov. 2018 There are only two restaurants in the town, and this was the more familial. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Industrial Designer Marc Newson Shares His Tips On Milan," 20 Dec. 2018 Teen movies are usually synonymous with budding romance, bothersome bullies, complicated familial relationships, and the overall drudgery of high school. Genelle Levy, Teen Vogue, "The Hate U Give Is the Film That Black Girls Need Today," 19 Oct. 2018 The experts all agree, however, that ending familial separation as quickly as possible is the best way to minimize damage for both kids and parents. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "‘What This Amounts to Is Child Abuse.’ Psychologists Warn Against Separating Kids From Their Parents," 19 June 2018 The Broadway community is familial, and that sense of camaraderie was present at last night’s screening of Blindspotting, hosted by the Cinema Society and Lionsgate. Vogue, "Broadway’s Finest Turn Up for Blindspotting," 17 July 2018

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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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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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