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paternity

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noun pa·ter·ni·ty \pə-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Definition of paternity

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being a father

  2. 2 :  origin or descent from a father

1582

First Known Use of paternity

1582


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paternity

adjective pa·ter·ni·ty

Definition of paternity

  1. 1 :  granted to a father <paternity leave> <paternity rights>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the determination of paternity <a paternity suit>

1926

First Known Use of paternity

1926


PATERNITY Defined for English Language Learners

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paternity

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noun pa·ter·ni·ty \pə-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Definition of paternity for English Language Learners

  • : the state or fact of being the father of a particular child


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paternity

adjective pa·ter·ni·ty

Definition of paternity for English Language Learners

  • : relating to the time when a father's child is born

  • : done to prove that a man is the father of a particular child


Law Dictionary

paternity

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noun pa·ter·ni·ty \pə-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Legal Definition of paternity

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being a father

  2. 2 :  origin or descent from a father



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