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 On the site, parents post questions specifically about their child or familial situation. Zoë Jackson, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities parent-to-parent Facebook group offers mental health support during pandemic," 5 Feb. 2021 The first Vision and the Scarlet Witch, begun in 1982, was a four-issue miniseries composed of loosely connected single-issue stories centered largely around the concept of familial ties. Nola Pfau, Vulture, "What the Vision and the Scarlet Witch Comics Can Tell Us About WandaVision," 15 Jan. 2021 Ijima attributes that to the unexpected purity of the series’ message, which emphasizes familial love and a desire for peace, rather than revenge. Gearoid Reidy, Bloomberg.com, "Ghibli’s Box-Office Record Set to Be ‘Slain’ by New Anime Giant," 18 Dec. 2020 Their existence is emotional: satisfying tradition, marking time, standing as a symbol of familial love and goodwill. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Have Yourself a Million Little Christmases," 16 Dec. 2020 The siblings of one Republican congressman are taking familial rivalries to the next level. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Family of Republican hopes to have him removed from Congress after deadly riot at Capitol," 11 Jan. 2021 Horn, a Central Coast native with familial roots out east, has a style of barbecuing that is famously a product of self-study and consultation with colleagues in the American barbecue community. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Horn Barbecue’s new grown-up space in Oakland still has lines. But the meat is worth the wait," 7 Jan. 2021 For example, forward Vladislav Namestnikov can look up from his locker stall and see a familial face: That of his uncle, Slava Kozlov, a former Red Wings Stanley Cup champion and member of the Russian Five. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "'No way I was coming out here without her': How new Red Wings are adjusting," 5 Jan. 2021 The familial atmosphere at Paws Up has also extended to visitors, where Jackie uses equine therapy on teenagers and adults who have endured a traumatic experience. Sunset Magazine, "Once a ‘Total Valley Girl,’ She’s Now Saving Wild Mustangs on a Montana Ranch," 4 Jan. 2021

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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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19 Feb 2021

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“Familial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familial. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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