transitive verb

filiated; filiating
: 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.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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