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The kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors.  Synonyms: descent, line of descent, lineage.
Inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline.  Synonyms: ancestry, derivation, lineage.

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"Filiation" Quotes from Famous Books

... most plainly in the animal group, where the male is the leader, by virtue of his strength. There is also a stage of human society which may be called the prematriarchal stage, from the fact that ideas of kinship are so feeble that no extensive social filiation is effected through this principle, in consequence of which the group has not reached the tribal stage of organization on the basis of kinship, but remains in the primitive biological relation of male, female, ...
— Sex and Society • William I. Thomas

... will give a single instance for the present. Others will present themselves as we proceed. We laughed at some doggerel verses which he cited, and which we, never having seen them before, suspected to be his own. We are now sure that if the principle on which Solomon decided a famous case of filiation were correct, there can be no doubt as to the justice of our suspicion. Mr Sadler, who, whatever elements of the poetical character he may lack, possesses the poetical irritability in an abundance which might have sufficed for Homer himself, resolved to retaliate on the person, who, as ...
— The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4) - Contributions To The Edinburgh Review • Thomas Babington Macaulay

... permanence of the social state. The dynamics studies the laws of its evolution. The first is the theory of the consensus, or interdependence of social phaenomena. The second is the theory of their filiation. ...
— Auguste Comte and Positivism • John-Stuart Mill

Words linked to "Filiation" :   family relationship, kinship, hereditary pattern, descent, bloodline, bilateral descent, purebred, lineage, crossbred, pedigree, inheritance, filiate, relationship, line of descent, extraction, origin, unilateral descent

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