What does paternity mean?

Definitions for paternitypəˈtɜr nɪ ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word paternity.

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

  4. Origin: [L. paternitas: cf. F. paternit. See Paternal.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paternity in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paternity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lois McMaster Bujold:

    Some men just aren't cut out for paternity. Better they should realize it before and not after they become responsible for a son.

  2. Keith Eddleman:

    It is more common than we think, in many situations, you would never know because there is no reason to do a paternity test on twins.

  3. Jody Heymann:

    The bad news is the United States is so late to the game, the good news is that with 187 countries in the world having paid maternity leave, over 90 having paid paternity leave, actually there's a ton that's already known about what works.

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