fatherhood

[fah-ther-hood]
noun
1.
the state of being a father.
2.
fathers collectively.
3.
the qualities or spirit of a father.

Origin:
1350–1400; late Middle English faderhode; replacing Middle English faderheed. See father, -hood

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fatherhood (ˈfɑːðəˌhʊd)
 
n
the state or responsibility of being a father

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Example sentences
While mistaken paternity may be as old as fatherhood, it has never been easier
  to find out the truth.
The personal side of the poem is clearly marked, though the author nowhere
  directly refers to his fatherhood.
To enter the contest, simply post a short memory involving chocolate and
  fatherhood.
His challenges are made all the more difficult by the expectations and demands
  of impending fatherhood.
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