Paternity

Definition of Paternity

Pa`ter´ni`ty
n.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.

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affiliation, agnation, alliance, ancestry, blood, blood relationship, brotherhood, brothership, cognation, common ancestry, common descent, connection, consanguinity, cousinhood, cousinship, descent, enation, extraction, family, fatherhood, fatherliness, filiation, fraternity, heritage, kindred, kinship, line, lineage, maternity, matrilineage, matriliny, matrisib, matrocliny, motherhood, parentage, paternalness, patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, propinquity, relation, relationship, sibship, sisterhood, sistership, stock, strain, ties of blood
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