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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But at its core, the film is a father-son story about fixing familial trauma — just with flying Charizards and anxious Psyducks also in the mix. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""Pokémon Detective Pikachu" Star Justice Smith on the Power of Representation, Fans Dressing Up as Tim Goodman, and Sequel Ideas," 17 May 2019 So too do their familial beauty rules and regimens, which have been passed down from one generation to the next. Mia Adorante, Town & Country, "How One Mother’s Beauty Philosophy Became a Powerful Family Bond," 21 Mar. 2019 This is a novel about the mystery and complications of familial love, and the tide that pulls regardless of what is done or not done to deserve it. Helen Klein Ross, WSJ, "Five Best: Helen Klein Ross on Multigenerational Sagas," 1 Nov. 2018 That sort of familial energy is even built into the name itself. Kara Brown, Marie Claire, "Our Lady of Shade," 1 Mar. 2019 But that's not his only familial link to the iconic queen. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 There was a familial feeling in the air, and not just because many in the room last night were indeed family. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Late Franca Sozzani Continues to Be Celebrated With a New Book and a Charitable Auction," 12 Feb. 2019 Written and directed by Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Leave No Trace is an often surprising and very moving film about familial love. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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