paternity

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noun

pa·​ter·​ni·​ty pə-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce paternity (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being a father
2
: origin or descent from a father

paternity

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adjective

1
: granted to a father
paternity leave
paternity rights
2
: of or relating to the determination of paternity
a paternity suit

Examples of paternity in a Sentence

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Noun
Abby Hensel’s husband Josh Bowling is facing a paternity suit. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 In other roster moves, the Giants reinstated Mike Yastrzemski from the paternity list following the birth Friday of his second child and first son with his wife, Paige. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for paternity 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of paternity was in 1544

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Cite this Entry

“Paternity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paternity. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

paternity

noun
pa·​ter·​ni·​ty
pə-ˈtər-nət-ē
1
: the state of being a father
2
: origin from a father

Legal Definition

paternity

noun
pa·​ter·​ni·​ty pə-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce paternity (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being a father
2
: origin or descent from a father
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