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paternity

[puh-tur-ni-tee] /pəˈtɜr nɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state of being a father; fatherhood.
2.
derivation or acquirement from a father.
3.
origin or authorship.
adjective
4.
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English paternite < Late Latin paternitās. See paternal, -ity
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paternity

/pəˈtɜːnɪtɪ/
noun
1.
  1. the fact or state of being a father
  2. (as modifier): a paternity suit was filed against the man
2.
descent or derivation from a father
3.
authorship or origin: the paternity of the theory is disputed
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 pa·ter·ni·ty (pə-tûr'nĭ-tē)
n.

  1. The state of being a father; fatherhood.

  2. Descent on a father's side; paternal descent.

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