I. noun Date: 1582 1. the quality or state of being a father 2. origin or descent from a father II. adjective Date: 1926 1. granted to a father <
paternity leave
paternity rights
2. of or relating to the determination of paternity <
a paternity suit

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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