Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing
  2. (noun, linkdef) the kinship relation between an offspring and the father
  3. (noun, state) the state of being a father

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Synonyms of Paternity

authorship, fatherhood

Origin of the word Paternity

  1. 1449, "condition of being a father," from M.Fr. paternit? (12c.), from L.L. paternitatem (nom. paternitas) "fatherly care, fatherhood," from L. paternus "of a father," from pater (see father). Originally in the ecclesiastical sense; literal sense first recorded 1582. more

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Words that sound like Paternity

patterned, peter minnewit, peter minuit, pot-trained, potter around, potty-trained, powder method, putter around

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