paternity

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

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paternity (countable and uncountable, plural paternities)

  1. fatherhood, being a father
  2. parental descent from a father
  3. (law) legal acknowledgement of a man's fatherhood of a child
  4. (figuratively) authorship

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