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Noun: paternity  pu'tur-ni-tee
  1. The state of being a father
    "tests were conducted to determine paternity"
  2. The kinship relation between an offspring and the father
    - fatherhood
  3. The act of initiating a new idea, theory or writing
    "the paternity of the theory is disputed";
    - authorship

Derived forms: paternities

Type of: creation, debut, entry, family relationship, first appearance, foundation, founding, initiation, innovation, instauration, institution, introduction, kinship, launching, origination, relationship, state, unveiling

Encyclopedia: Paternity