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Definitionrelating to the relationship or appropriate to the relationship of children to their parents
genetics: designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation
- His bowed head, and her angel-face and filial duty, derived a more pathetic meaning from it than they had had before.Chapters 58-60 (95% in)
- Mr. W. being infirm, and it being within the bounds of probability that his decease might lead to some discoveries, and to the downfall of — HEEP'S — power over the W. family, — as I, Wilkins Micawber, the undersigned, assume — unless the filial affection of his daughter could be secretly influenced from allowing any investigation of the partnership affairs to be ever made, the said — HEEP — deemed it expedient to have a bond ready by him, as from Mr. W., for the before-mentioned sum...Chapters 52-54 (32% in)
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