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 In addition to their familial ties, Lady Sarah is one of Prince Harry's godmothers. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 16 June 2022 The King wants the mermaid's life force to achieve immortality, but a young woman, who has familial ties to the king, wants to save the creature. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 The administration hasn't yet said how Ukrainians without familial ties in the U.S. can be connected with an organization willing to sponsor them, but officials have alluded to the possibility of some sort of matching program. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 21 Apr. 2022 For Mantini, who identifies as Latinx and has deep familial ties to Mexico, community continues to play an integral role in her works. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 14 Apr. 2022 Their work reveals close familial ties between poached elephants, and shows a shift in trafficking routes to major ports. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2022 Snow was exiled, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) proposed the end of familial succession to choose future kings, and Drogon angrily melted the Iron Throne after Daenerys's death. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 17 June 2022 Boyfriend Material and Glitterland grapple with heavy issues, including substance abuse, depression, self-loathing, and familial estrangement. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 16 June 2022 Gradually, the relationship evolves to become more familial. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 See More

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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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1 Jul 2022

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“Familial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familial. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for familial


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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