familial

adjective fa·mil·ial \ fə-ˈmil-yəl , -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

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
Antonyms
nondomestic, nonfamilial
Related Words
homelike, homely, homy); residential

Other Genetics Terms


FAMILIAL Defined for English Language Learners

familial

adjective

Definition of familial for English Language Learners

  • : 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 \

Definition of familial for Students

:relating to or typical of a family

Medical Dictionary

familial

adjective fa·mil·ial \ fə-ˈmil-yəl \

medical Definition of familial

: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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