pa•ter•ni•tyPronunciation: (pu-tûr'ni-tē), [key]
the state of being a father; fatherhood.
derivation or acquirement from a father.
origin or authorship.
noting or pertaining to a legal dispute in which an unwed mother accuses a man of being the father of her child: a paternity suit.
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