paternity test


Definition of paternity test

: a test especially of DNA or genetic traits to determine whether a given man could be the biological father of a given child

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Examples of paternity test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When tempers eventually cooled and blood-alcohol levels lowered, Sonia attempted to retract her admission, but Sudimack nevertheless demanded a paternity test. Michael Deagler, Harper's Magazine, "New Poets," 27 Oct. 2020 When the paternity test results were mentioned in court documents last month, the Trump campaign tweeted a link to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article about the revelation. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, "Filing: Biden son paid, stopped," 21 Dec. 2019 The father of a girl born to the Crystal Lake woman accused in the beating death of her son is not the same man who is father of the dead son, according to results of a paternity test revealed Monday in court. Robert Mccoppin,, "Paternity test reveals who is the father of newborn girl born to mom of slain 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy AJ Freund; results could affect custody case," 12 Aug. 2019 With the paternity test complete, the focus can shift to the father's child support obligations, Lancaster said. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, "Filing: No doubt dad of Arkansas baby is Biden son," 21 Nov. 2019 Lengarin said the order had planned to continue its investigation and hoped Lacchin would be persuaded to accept a paternity test, but is now awaiting orders from the Vatican office that handles religious orders on how to proceed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘How will we cover up this shame?’: The priest and the girl," 9 Oct. 2019 In the ’90s or so people started to be able to use genetic methods to infer actual mating patterns using the same methods that people use for paternity tests. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Lizards gone wild! UC Berkeley researcher’s ‘feminist science’ bucks male-dominated inquiry," 22 Aug. 2019 Drug-use allegations A paternity test proving Jackson was the child's father was completed in April by LabCorp. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Josh Jackson of Phoenix Suns accused of getting infant high, court records show," 20 June 2019 The other man who was ordered Monday to take a paternity test was present in juvenile court with his attorney, sources said. Amanda Marrazzo,, "Crystal Lake mom charged in death of Andrew 'AJ' Freund gives birth to daughter, who's been placed in DCFS custody, sources say," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of paternity test

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Paternity test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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paternity test

pa·​ter·​ni·​ty test | \ pə-ˈtər-nət-ē- How to pronounce paternity test (audio) \

Medical Definition of paternity test

: a test especially of DNA or genetic traits to determine whether a given man could be the biological father of a given child

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paternity testing noun

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