WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
pa•ter•ni•ty /pəˈtɝnɪti/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
  1. the state of being a father;
  2. origin or descent from a father.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of or relating to a legal dispute in which a woman accuses a man of having fathered her child:a paternity suit.
  2. See -patr-.

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paternity /pəˈtɜːnɪtɪ/ n
  1. the fact or state of being a father
  2. (as modifier): a paternity suit was filed against the man
  3. descent or derivation from a father
  4. authorship or origin: the paternity of the theory is disputed
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin paternitās, from Latin pater father

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