paternity suit

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paternity suit
 
n
law the US (and in Britain a nontechnical) term for affiliation proceedings

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paternity suit

noun
a lawsuit filed to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock (and to provide for the support of the child once paternity is determined) 
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