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 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 Some of the film’s most tender, moving sequences built on weighty themes—themes of grief, familial love, and identity—are balanced with disarming humor. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "When a Lie Becomes Your Breakout Film," 14 July 2019 The feature mentioned how William’s familial upbringing differed from that of his father, Prince Charles, and how William’s found extra support through Kate’s immediate family. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William's "Old-Fashioned Marriage" Is Precisely Why It Works," 18 Dec. 2019 The few studies that have been done on this group suggest risk factors for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts can include depression, delinquent behavior, poor familial support and, in some cases, substance abuse. Ayanna Runcie, CBS News, "Proposed legislation attempts to address rising suicide rates among black children," 17 Dec. 2019 Officials at the California Department of Justice Missing Persons Laboratory determined Jane Doe #40’s familial DNA matched that of Ogee Gifford’s DNA. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "For 43 years, slain girl found near SF’s Lake Merced was Jane Doe #40. Now, police know her name," 12 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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“Familial.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familial. Accessed 22 January 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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