1. designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation
2. relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring
; - Example: "filial respect"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Filial \Fil"ial\, a. [L. filialis, fr. filius son, filia
daughter; akin to e. female, feminine. Cf. Fitz.]
1. Of or pertaining to a son or daughter; becoming to a child
in relation to his parents; as, filial obedience.
2. Bearing the relation of a child.
And thus the filial Godhead answering spoke.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: designating the generation or the sequence of generations
following the parental generation [ant: parental]
2: relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring;
"filial respect" [ant: maternal, parental, paternal]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
27 Moby Thesaurus words for "filial":
adoring, affectionate, conjugal, daughterlike, daughterly,
demonstrative, devoted, faithful, fond, husbandly, languishing,
lovelorn, lovesick, lovesome, loving, maternal, melting, parental,
paternal, romantic, sentimental, soft, sonlike, sonly, tender,