un·​fil·​ial | \ ˌən-ˈfi-lē-əl How to pronounce unfilial (audio) , -ˈfil-yəl \

Definition of unfilial

: not observing the obligations of a child to a parent : undutiful

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Other Words from unfilial

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, "Exalting Life as a Single in China," 2 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of unfilial

1611, in the meaning defined above

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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 31 Oct. 2020.

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