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 for filiation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Filiation \Fil`i*a"tion\, n. [LL. filiatio, fr. L. filius son:
     cf. F. filiation. See Filial.]
     1. The relationship of a son or child to a parent, esp. to a
        [1913 Webster]
              The relation of paternity and filiation. --Sir M.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Law) The assignment of a bastard child to some one as its
        father; affiliation. --Smart.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Descent from, or as if from, a parent; relationship like
        that of a son; as, to determine the filiation of a
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     4. One that is derived from a parent or source; an offshoot;
        as, the filiations are from a common stock.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the kinship relation between an individual and the
           individual's progenitors [syn: descent, line of
           descent, lineage, filiation]
      2: inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
         [syn: ancestry, lineage, derivation, filiation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  158 Moby Thesaurus words for "filiation":
     Indian file, accord, addition, adjunct, affairs, affiliation,
     affinity, agnation, alliance, ancestry, apparentation,
     approximation, array, articulation, assemblage, association, bank,
     birth, blood, blood relationship, bloodline, bond, branch, breed,
     brotherhood, brothership, buzz, catena, catenation, chain,
     chain reaction, chaining, closeness, cognation, combination,
     common ancestry, common descent, concatenation, connectedness,
     connection, consanguinity, consecution, contiguity, continuum,
     contrariety, course, cousinhood, cousinship, cycle, dealings,
     deduction, derivation, descent, direct line, disjunction,
     distaff side, drone, enation, endless belt, endless round,
     extraction, family, fatherhood, female line, file, fraternity,
     gamut, gradation, homology, house, hum, intercourse, intimacy,
     junction, kindred, kinship, liaison, line, line of descent,
     lineage, link, linkage, linking, male line, maternity,
     matrilineage, matriliny, matrisib, matrocliny, monotone,
     motherhood, mutual attraction, nearness, nexus, offset, offshoot,
     paternity, patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, pendulum,
     periodicity, phylum, plenum, powder train, progression,
     propinquity, proximity, queue, race, range, rank, rapport,
     recurrence, relatedness, relation, relations, relationship,
     reticulation, rotation, round, routine, row, run, scale, seed,
     sept, sequence, series, shoot, sibship, side, similarity,
     single file, sisterhood, sistership, spear side, spectrum,
     spindle side, sprout, stem, stirps, stock, strain, string,
     succession, swath, sword side, sympathy, thread, tie, tie-in, tier,
     ties of blood, train, union, windrow

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  FILIATION, civil law. The descent of son or daughter, with regard to his or 
  her father, mother, and their ancestors. 
       2. Nature always points out the mother by evident signs, and whether 
  married or not, she is always certain: mater semper certa est, etiamsi vulgo 
  conceperit. There is not the same certainty with regard to the father, and 
  the relation may not know or feign ignorance as to the paternity the law has 
  therefore established a legal presumption to serve as a foundation for 
  paternity and filiation. 
       3. When the mother is or has been married, her husband is presumed to 
  be the father of the children born during the coverture, or within a 
  competent time afterwards; whether they were conceived during the coverture 
  or not: pater is est quem nuptice demonstrant. 
       4. This rule is founded on two presumptions; one on the cohabitation 
  before the birth of the child; and the other that the mother has faithfully 
  observed the vow she made to her husband. 
       5. This presumption may, however, be rebutted by showing either that 
  there has been no cohabitation, or some physical or other impossibility that 
  the husband could be the father. See Access; Bastard; Gestation; Natural 
  children; Paternity; Putative father. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 302, et seq. 

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