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filial (adj) of or connected with sons and daughters.

Anything connected with sons and daughters' relations and attitudes to their parents is filial. Filial obligation is the duty of children towards their parents. Filial affection is the love and affection sons and daughters are expected to have for their parents.

  • As people grow up, most of them fail in their filial obligation, leaving their old parents in a lonely and helpless state.
  • In a rare show of filial affection, Jeremy keeps his old parents with him, and goes out for work only after making sure that their needs have been taken care of.
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