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transitive verb fil·i·ate \ˈfi-lē-ˌāt\

Legal Definition of filiate



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

Additional Notes on filiate

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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