If paternal is "relating to someone's parents", and fraternal "relating to someone's brothers", is there, or why isn't there, a word for "relating to someone's sons", i.e: sunternal Sentence example: "sunternal love"

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    I thought paternal was "relating to someone's father" and maternal was "relating to someone's mother". As far as I know, there is no gender neutral term (yet)
    – Michael J.
    Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 12:45
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    @MichaelJ. the gender neutral term could be "parental"
    – eques
    Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 12:51

2 Answers 2


There is filial, from Latin filius "son" and filia "daughter". So filial love should work in most contexts.

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    You only got here first because I had to go to the grocer. :)
    – tchrist
    Commented Jul 2, 2019 at 23:30
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    @tchrist♦: How grocerly of you. Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 0:58
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    Only thing is that there is no distinction if it is sons or daughters if is of importance. Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 8:49
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    I'll have to file this away for the next time I meet somebody claiming that the English language is intrinsically sexist! (Although we do have "daughterly", but no such word I can think of for a son -- not sure what that implies, apart from the expected lack of regulatity in English).
    – nigel222
    Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 9:37
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    For what it's worth, filial piety is a common term in anthropology and cultural studies.
    – Michaelyus
    Commented Jul 3, 2019 at 14:16

Perhaps "progenic" would also be a suitable candidate. Progenic is the adjective form of progeny - which means "child or offspring".

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    AFAIK, "progenic"is valid but you wont find it in your day-to-day life.
    – aloisdg
    Commented Jul 5, 2019 at 9:19

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