fil·i·ate | \ ˈfi-lē-ˌāt \
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 parent — Louisiana 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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