un·​fil·​ial ˌən-ˈfi-lē-əl How to pronounce unfilial (audio)
: not observing the obligations of a child to a parent : undutiful
unfilially adverb

Examples of unfilial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not marrying and producing offspring is considered unfilial and Chinese society traditionally views the unmarried as less than full adults. Didi Kirsten Tatlow, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfilial was in 1611

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“Unfilial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfilial. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​fil·​ial ˌən-ˈfil-ē-əl How to pronounce unfilial (audio)
: not observing the duties of a child to a parent
unfilially adverb
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