Paternity definition

pə-tûrnĭ-tē
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Relating to or involving the identification of a person's biological father.

A paternity suit.

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(law) Legal acknowledgement of a man's fatherhood of a child.
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(figuratively) Authorship.
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The state of being a father; fatherhood.
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Descent on a father's side; paternal descent.
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Authorship; origin.
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The state of being a father; fatherhood.
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Male parentage; paternal origin.
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Origin or authorship in general.
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Fatherhood, the relationship of father to a child.
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Fatherhood, being a father.
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Parental descent from a father.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
paternity
Plural:
paternities

Origin of paternity

  • Middle English paternite from Old French from Late Latin paternitās from Latin paternus paternal paternal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin paternitās (“paternity"), from paternus (“of or pertaining to a father, paternal") + -itās, from pater (“father").

    From Wiktionary