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
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 of familial from the Web
Diana Huey and Eric Kunze are perfectly fine as Ariel and Eric, struggling to be true to themselves in the face of familial obligations.
Often, the prose suggests an affinity with Julia’s profession — there is a sense of fingers running lightly across black and white keys, playing the notes of familial discord with impeccable harmony and precision.
The faithful-slave trope was the ultimate example of southern paternalism that described the master-slave relationship as essentially familial, existing outside of market forces.
This powerful narrative speaks to the sacrifices immigrants make to provide for their families, and to the unbreakable familial bonds that neither nations nor economies can keep apart.
Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday investigators identified 32-year-old Geovanni Borjas as a suspect using familial DNA testing.
About a month ago, a familial match led detectives to a man who had previously been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence assault.
The familial dynamic is certainly cherished by Mason McQuet.
Today, Wired News ran my story about a new book on mysterious prion diseases, including mad cow disease and the fascinating illness known as fatal familial insomnia.
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Origin and Etymology of familial
French, from Latin familia
First Known Use: 1843
FAMILIAL Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of familial for Students
: relating to or typical of a family
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