fil·​i·​ate | \ ˈfi-lē-ˌāt \
filiated; filiating

Legal Definition of filiate

: to declare (a child) the descendant of a particular parent and especially a father has not been filiated by the initiative of the parentLouisiana Civil Code — compare acknowledge sense 2b, legitimate

Note: A child may be illegitimate but filiated. Both legitimation and acknowledgment filiate an illegitimate child. Adopted children are filiated by the adoption proceeding.

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“Filiate.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/filiate. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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