Definition of Paternity

1. Noun. The state of being a father. "Tests were conducted to determine paternity"

Generic synonyms: State
Derivative terms: Paternal



2. Noun. The kinship relation between an offspring and the father.
Exact synonyms: Fatherhood
Generic synonyms: Family Relationship, Kinship, Relationship
Derivative terms: Paternal

3. Noun. The act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing. "The authorship of the theory is disputed"

Definition of Paternity

1. n. The relation of a father to his child; fathership; fatherhood; family headship; as, the divine paternity.

Definition of Paternity

1. Noun. fatherhood, being a father ¹

2. Noun. parental descent from a father ¹

3. Noun. (legal) legal acknowledgement of a man's fatherhood of a child ¹

4. Noun. (figuratively) authorship ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Paternity

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Medical Definition of Paternity

1. 1. The relation of a father to his child; fathership; fatherhood; family headship; as, the divine paternity. "The world, while it had scarcity of people, underwent no other dominion than paternity and eldership." (Sir W. Raleigh) 2. Derivation or descent from a father; male parentage; as, the paternity of a child. 3. Origin; authorship. "The paternity of these novels was . . . Disputed." (Sir W. Scott) Origin: L. Paternitas: cf. F. Paternite. See Paternal. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paternity

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paternity (current term)
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Literary usage of Paternity

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1. Institutes of American Law by John Bouvier (1854)
"OF paternity AND FILIATION. 302. Having examined the forms, obligations, ... paternity and filiation are correlative terms, the first of which signifies the ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"It makes no difference how often he repudiated his paternity, for the law so favors legitimacy rather than illegitimacy that if, at any time, ..."

3. A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1897)
"Disputed paternity. Parental Likeness.—It has been stated that the law does not ... These are called questions of paternity: they seldom occur except in ..."

4. Medical jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor, Edward Hartshorne (1861)
"Disputed paternity. Parental likeness.—It has been stated that the law does not ... These are called questions of paternity: they seldom occur except in ..."

5. Legal Medicine by Charles Meymott Tidy (1884)
"But to one point in the matter of inheritance in its relation to paternity, considerable importance is to be attached, viz., the transmission of colour.1 A ..."

6. The Place of Christ in Modern Theology by Andrew Martin Fairbairn (1895)
"paternity AND SONSHIP. Our conclusion, then, is this:—the antithesis between the Fatherhood and Sovereignty of God is fictitious, violent, perverse. ..."

7. Conversations with Children on the Gospels by Amos Bronson Alcott (1836)
"CONVERSATION V. ANNUNCIATION OF SPIRIT TO paternity. PATERNAL SENTIMENT. ... paternity. — Vision of paternity. — Consequences of Unbelief. — Obedience. ..."

8. The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I by Frederick Pollock, Frederic William Maitland (1899)
"Our law shows a strong repugnance to any inquiry into the paternity of such a child. The presumption of the [p.396] husband's paternity is not absolute, ..."

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