paternity

noun
pa·​ter·​ni·​ty | \ pə-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce paternity (audio) \

Definition of paternity

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

paternity

adjective

Definition of paternity (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Asics offers male employees up to two years paternity leave. Julie Zaugg And Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN, "Landmark paternity case challenges Japan's work culture," 12 Sep. 2019 The six-week-old baby boy belonged to Labour MP Tāmati Coffey, who had just returned from paternity leave. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Awww! New Zealand lawmaker babysits colleague's newborn while presiding over Parliament," 22 Aug. 2019 Under the systems of slavery and colonialism, the opacity of paternity came in particularly handy. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Paternity Reveal," 24 June 2019 This comes after a 2016 study of paternity leave in 11 nations showing that extending a father’s leave to one month or more tends to make men more assertive in parenting, rather than deferring to mothers. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Bosses Who Walk the Walk on Paternity Leave," 27 May 2019 With Rich back from paternity leave, he and Dan catch up on — what else? — the kicker search now that Eddy Pineiro is the only one on the roster. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Eddy Pineiro is the Bears kicker — for now. Where does that leave the team? Plus a discussion of Mitch Trubisky’s shaky summer on the Bear Download podcast.," 22 Aug. 2019 Caffey said his relationship with Cameron’s mother dates to his days at Alabama, where three Alabama athletes were tested for paternity before Caffey was ruled to be the father. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Jason Caffey, embattled former NBA player, uses his story to help young men succeed," 10 Aug. 2019 There are also childcare subsidies and longer paternity leaves. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Women in South Korea increasingly rejecting marriage, motherhood, sparking declining birth rates and workforce," 25 July 2019 Earlier this month, Espinal filed a petition in Johnson County District Court that would establish Hill’s paternity of her newborn twins. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "How Will Roger Goodell Handle Tyreek Hill Situation as NFL Nears Decision?," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of paternity

Noun

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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paternity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paternity

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

paternity

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of paternity (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to the time when a father's child is born
: done to prove that a man is the father of a particular child

paternity

noun
pa·​ter·​ni·​ty | \ pə-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce paternity (audio) \

Legal Definition of paternity

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

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