paternity

[puh-tur-ni-tee]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English paternite < Late Latin paternitās. See paternal, -ity

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paternity (pəˈtɜːnɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  a.  the fact or state of being a father
 b.  (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
 
[C15: from Late Latin paternitās, from Latin pater father]

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paternity
1449, "condition of being a father," from M.Fr. paternité (12c.), from L.L. paternitatem (nom. paternitas) "fatherly care, fatherhood," from L. paternus "of a father," from pater (see father). Originally in the ecclesiastical sense; literal sense first recorded 1582.
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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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