Definitions for paternitypəˈtɜr nɪ ti

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paternity(noun)

    the state of being a father

    "tests were conducted to determine paternity"

  2. fatherhood, paternity(noun)

    the kinship relation between an offspring and the father

  3. authorship, paternity(noun)

    the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing

    "the authorship of the theory is disputed"


  1. paternity(Noun)

    fatherhood, being a father

  2. paternity(Noun)

    parental descent from a father

  3. paternity(Noun)

    legal acknowledgement of a man's fatherhood of a child

  4. paternity(Noun)


  5. Origin: From paternitas, from paternus + -itas, from pater.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paternity(noun)

    the relation of a father to his child; fathership; fatherhood; family headship; as, the divine paternity

  2. Paternity(noun)

    derivation or descent from a father; male parentage; as, the paternity of a child

  3. Paternity(noun)

    origin; authorship


  1. Paternity

    Paternity law, or father law, is the legal area dealing with establishing or disputing "paternity", the legal relationship between a father and his child. A child born to the wife during a marriage under common law is determined to be the husband's child by a "presumption of paternity". This presumption, can sometimes be rebutted by evidence to the contrary, generally prior to a formal court ruling involving divorce, annulment or legal separation. In the case of unwed fathers, a man may come forward and accept the paternity of the child in what is called a "voluntary acknowledgment of paternity", the mother or government can file a petition for a determination of paternity against a putative father, or paternity can be determined by the courts through estoppel over time.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Paternity

    Establishing the father relationship of a man and a child.

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