com·paternity | \¦käm+\
plural -es

Definition of compaternity 

: the spiritual relation between the godparents of a child also : the spiritual relationship between godparents and the child's actual parents

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History and Etymology for compaternity

Middle English compaternite, from Medieval Latin compaternitas, from compater godfather, after Latin pater father: Late Latin paternitas paternity

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