paternity test

noun

: 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 One month later, after a paternity test proved Thompson was Theo's father, the basketball star publicly apologized to Kardashian. Aron Solomon, Newsweek, 9 July 2024 Loading your audio article Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones must take a paternity test, according to a ruling handed down Wednesday, ESPN reported. Evan Rosen, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 After a paternity test confirmed his relationship with Jason, Karamo prepared to meet his son for the first time. Ilana Frost, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 Povich, himself a father of three, is best known for hosting a tabloid talk show where paternity tests were revealed to surprised guests. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 20 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for paternity test 

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paternity test was in 1926

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“Paternity test.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paternity%20test. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

paternity test

noun
pa·​ter·​ni·​ty test pə-ˈtər-nət-ē- How to pronounce paternity test (audio)
: a test especially of DNA or genetic traits to determine whether a given man could be the biological father of a given child
paternity testing noun
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