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paternity

noun pa·ter·ni·ty \ pə-ˈtər-nə-tē \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of paternity

1 : the quality or state of being a father
2 : origin or descent from a father

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First Known Use of paternity

1544

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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paternity

adjective

Definition of paternity

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

First Known Use of paternity

1926

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PATERNITY Defined for English Language Learners

paternity

Definition of paternity for English Language Learners

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


paternity

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

noun pa·ter·ni·ty \ pə-ˈtər-nə-tē \

legal Definition of paternity

1 : the quality or state of being a father
2 : origin or descent from a father


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