|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]|
paternity pa·ter·ni·ty (pə-tûr'nĭ-tē)
The state of being a father; fatherhood.
descent on a father's side; paternal descent.