AskDefine | Define paternity

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1 the state of being a father; "tests were conducted to determine paternity"
2 the kinship relation between an offspring and the father [syn: fatherhood]
3 the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing; "the authorship of the theory is disputed" [syn: authorship]

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From pater meaning father


  1. fatherhood, being a father
  2. parental descent from the father's side


fatherhood See fatherhood
parental descent from father's side

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Paternity may refer to:
paternity in Czech: Otcovství
paternity in French: Paternité

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