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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In another setback for the couple, a judge wouldn't approve Jordan's motion for paternity. Rachel Burchfield, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2023 There have not, for example, been major overhauls of child-care and paternity-leave policies to make additional children more feasible. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2023 Darnes’ paternity will probably remain an open question. Cynthia Greenlee, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2023 Roberts’ and Hunter Biden’s daughter was born on Aug. 28, 2018, according to the judge’s order establishing the child’s paternity. Julia Marnin Mcclatchy Washington Bureau (tns), al, 6 Jan. 2023 Upon investigation, the police found there was no gender listed on the transgender student's birth certificate, but a paternity affidavit listed the student as male. Kristine Parks, Fox News, 16 Dec. 2022 In addition to its ecological message, The Way of Water foregrounds the themes of paternity and parental concern that run through Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and even Cameron’s problematic but entertaining 1994 action-comedy True Lies. Chris Klimek, Vulture, 16 Dec. 2022 The show takes mess to another level; paternity secrets, embezzlement, closeted rendezvous, and revenge are everyday occurrences in the soap opera that is the Richards’ life. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 11 Dec. 2022 Season 1 of the Amazon Prime Video series closes with two paternity bombshells that shake up the warring sides of the family. Breanna Bell, Variety, 9 Dec. 2022
Adjective
The myth that 10 percent of children the product of 'non-paternity events' is rather persistent. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 23 Apr. 2012 See More

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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 4 Feb. 2023.

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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