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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Paternity \Pa*ter"ni*ty\, n. [L. paternitas: cf. F.
paternit['e]. See Paternal.]
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.
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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the state of being a father; "tests were conducted to
2: the kinship relation between an offspring and the father
[syn: fatherhood, paternity]
3: the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing; "the
authorship of the theory is disputed" [syn: authorship,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
49 Moby Thesaurus words for "paternity":
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
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
PATERNITY, The state or condition of a father.
2. The husband is prima facie presumed to be the father of his wife's
children, born during coverture, or within a competent time afterwards pater
is est quem nuptim demonstrant. 7 N. S. 553. But this presumption may be
rebutted by showing circumstances which render it impossible that the
husband can be the father. 6 Binn. 283; 1 Browne's R. Appx. xlvii.; Hardin's
R. 479; 8 East, R. 193; Stra. 51, 940. 4 T. R; 356;. 2 M. & K. 349; 3
Paige's R. 139; I Sim. & Stu. 150; Turn. & Russ. 138; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 302,
3. The declarations of both or one of the spouses, however, cannot
affect the condition of a child born during the marriage. 7 N. S. 553; 3
Paige's R. 139. Vide Bastard;. Bastardy;, Legitimacy; Maternity; Pregnancy.
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