- the state of being a father; fatherhood.
- derivation or acquirement from a father.
- origin or authorship.
- noting or pertaining to a legal dispute in which an unwed mother accuses a man of being the father of her child: a paternity suit.
Origin of paternity
Examples from the Web for paternity
Some seventy-plus countries currently offer some paternity leave or parental leave days reserved for the father.
Certainly paid paternity leave is part of it (and in the U.S., we need paid maternity and paternity leave).
She refused to take a paternity test, and was eventually convicted of extortion and sentenced to 22 months in prison.I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
This recognized family rights when paternity is established, whether a child was born in or out of wedlock.In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU
November 10, 2014
In 2010, the ‘Good Wife’ star received some shocking news about his paternity.Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
One got paternity last year already, and he is not as good a man as I am.
I won my paternity right, when I was but twenty-eight, just about your age.
Though all the world forget, your paternity should remember me.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
Hence they are of one paternity, though not of one maternity.
A man can no more create a paternity than he can make a new planet.Nuts and Nutcrackers
Charles James Lever
- the fact or state of being a father
- (as modifier)a paternity suit was filed against the man
- descent or derivation from a father
- authorship or originthe paternity of the theory is disputed
Word Origin and History for paternity
mid-15c., "condition of being a father," from Old French paternité (12c.), from Late Latin paternitatem (nominative paternitas) "fatherly care, fatherhood," from Latin paternus "of a father," from pater (see father (n.)). Originally in the ecclesiastical sense; literal sense first recorded 1580s. Meaning "paternal origin" is from 1868.
- The state of being a father; fatherhood.
- Descent on a father's side; paternal descent.