Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state of being a father; fatherhood.
  • noun Descent on a father's side; paternal descent.
  • noun Authorship; origin.
  • adjective Relating to or involving the identification of a person's biological father.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Fathership; fatherhood; the relation of a father to his offspring.
  • noun Derivation from a father: as, the child's paternity is unknown. Hence Origin; authorship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The relation of a father to his child; fathership; fatherhood; family headship.
  • noun Derivation or descent from a father; male parentage.
  • noun Origin; authorship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun fatherhood, being a father
  • noun parental descent from a father
  • noun law legal acknowledgement of a man's fatherhood of a child
  • noun figuratively authorship

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being a father
  • noun the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing
  • noun the kinship relation between an offspring and the father

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English paternite, from Old French, from Late Latin paternitās, from Latin paternus, paternal; see paternal.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin paternitās ("paternity"), from paternus ("of or pertaining to a father, paternal") + -itās, from pater ("father").

Examples

  • Considering the numerous preferences that the law gives to mothers in paternity issues, I think that fathers can at least have one bone tossed their way.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Sex Discrimination in Child Naming Law

  • Considering the numerous preferences that the law gives to mothers in paternity issues, I think that fathers can at least have one bone tossed theirway.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Sex Discrimination in Child Naming Law

  • Consultant surgeon Dr Dafydd Woodruff (so I guess we must call him Mr not Dr) finds himself embroiled in paternity allegations (twins no less) all stemming from a locum he did as a young doctor in Moose Creek way out in the backwoods of Canada.

    Ice Trap

  • Consultant surgeon Dr Dafydd Woodruff (so I guess we must call him Mr not Dr) finds himself embroiled in paternity allegations (twins no less) all stemming from a locum he did as a young doctor in Moose Creek way out in the backwoods of Canada.

    Ice Trap

  • Consultant surgeon Dr Dafydd Woodruff (so I guess we must call him Mr not Dr) finds himself embroiled in paternity allegations (twins no less) all stemming from a locum he did as a young doctor in Moose Creek way out in the backwoods of Canada.

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  • I pondered all this the other day, off for a few weeks on a short term paternity leave, as my daughter wandered around our local park, and I reviewed the Buffalo Bills 2009 schedule (impossible) and the San Francisco Giants 'starting rotation (good).

    Nathan Hegedus: Men Are Idiots to Not Fight for Paternity Leave

  • I don't know why I was so fascinated -- maybe because there's a surviving baby whose paternity is in question, the loss of her adult son a few months earlier, her case going to the Supreme Court, her ever-changing appearance and behavior.

    The Heroism Vacuum

  • Excluding paternity is fairly simple - if the child has a marker allele not present in either the mother or alleged father then, barring new mutations, the alleged father is not the biological father.

    Archive 2004-12-01

  • She calls the paternity challenges by a Los Angeles photographer, quote, "crazy."

    CNN Transcript Nov 2, 2006

  • The use of blood-group determination in paternity actions also constitutes a significant advance in this field, even though the proof is of a negative character.

    Physiology or Medicine 1930 - Presentation Speech

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