Etymology
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paternity (n.)

mid-15c., paternite, "condition of being a father, relation of a father to a child or of God to mankind," from Old French paternité (12c.), from Late Latin paternitatem (nominative paternitas) "fatherly care, fatherhood," from Latin paternus "of a father," from pater (see father (n.)). Meaning "paternal origin, derivation from a father" is from 1868.

updated on February 24, 2020

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Definitions of paternity from WordNet

paternity (n.)
the state of being a father;
tests were conducted to determine paternity
paternity (n.)
the kinship relation between an offspring and the father;
Synonyms: fatherhood
paternity (n.)
the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing;
Synonyms: authorship
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.