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paternity

[puh-tur-ni-tee]
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noun
  1. the state of being a father; fatherhood.
  2. derivation or acquirement from a father.
  3. origin or authorship.
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adjective
  1. 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.
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Origin of paternity

1400–50; late Middle English paternite < Late Latin paternitās. See paternal, -ity
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paternity

noun
    1. the fact or state of being a father
    2. (as modifier)a paternity suit was filed against the man
  1. descent or derivation from a father
  2. authorship or originthe paternity of the theory is disputed
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Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin paternitās, from Latin pater father
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Word Origin and History for paternity

n.

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.

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paternity in Medicine

paternity

(pə-tûrnĭ-tē)
n.
  1. The state of being a father; fatherhood.
  2. Descent on a father's side; paternal descent.
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