familial

adjective fa·mil·ial \ fə-ˈmil-yəl , -ˈmi-lē-əl \
Updated on: 11 Apr 2018
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

  1. The company has created a familial atmosphere in its offices.

  2. it's a familial duty as well as a tradition for everyone in my family to eat dinner together

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Origin and Etymology of familial

French, from Latin familia

familial Synonyms

Synonyms

domestic, household;

Related Words

homelike, homely, homey (also homy);

residential;

Other Genetics Terms


FAMILIAL Defined for English Language Learners

familial

  • : of or relating to a family : suggesting a family

  • medical : tending to affect members of the same family


FAMILIAL Defined for Kids

familial

adjective fa·mil·ial \ fə-ˈmil-yəl \
: relating to or typical of a family

Medical Dictionary

familial

adjective fa·mil·ial \ fə-ˈmil-yəl \
: tending to occur in more members of a family than expected by chance alone
  • a familial disorder
— compare acquired 1, congenital 2, hereditary


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