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

Examples of paternity test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The episode even went so far as to feature both a paternity test and a lie detector test to get to the bottom of Ariza and Ashley's relationship troubles. Dan Heching,, 18 Nov. 2021 Ashley darts from the studio after the paternity test revealed Ariza is not the father of her son. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 He is presumed to be the baby's father, though he is not named on the birth certificate and has not been given a paternity test. Meg Kissinger And Steve Schultze, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 Magistrate Eleanore Hilow issued a paternity test on Aug. 3. to determine the mother and father of the infant, Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 13 Aug. 2021 And Kayla's boyfriend, Luke, is considering adopting her son, Izaiah, but one of her exes makes an unexpected return and demands to have a paternity test. Dory Jackson,, 3 Aug. 2021 Might someone of him just want to skip a paternity test and move on? Maureen Lee Lenker,, 20 July 2021 The shooting took place during an altercation about the results of a paternity test, according to charging documents. Amy Lavalley,, 11 Mar. 2021 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, 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of paternity test

1926, in the meaning defined above

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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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