If you describe something as filial, you're saying it's offspring-related. Depending on who your parents are, your filial duties might include taking out the trash, washing dishes, or ruling empires.

The word filial comes from the Latin words filius, which means "son," and filia, or "daughter." In other words, filial is the filius of filius. One way of remembering the word is to think of a filly, a young horse. The two words aren't related, but it's fun to put them in the same sentence: "The filly's filial love made the mare a happy horse."

Definitions of filial
  1. adjective
    designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation
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    designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced
  2. adjective
    relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring
    filial respect”
    befitting a daughter
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    maternal, parental, paternal
    relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
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