Definition of paternity in English:


Syllabification: pa·ter·ni·ty
Pronunciation: /pəˈternitē


  • 1(Especially in legal contexts) the state of being someone’s father: he refused to admit paternity of the child
    More example sentences
    • If these rules on paternity lead to the identification of a legal father, then any other claimant will be excluded.
    • The Child Support Agency and the Courts don't distinguish between married or single fathers if the father admits paternity.
    • Inclusion of the man's name on the birth register as the child's father is prima facie evidence of his paternity.
  • 2Paternal origin: his enemies made great play of the supposed dubiety of his paternity


late Middle English: from Old French paternité, from late Latin paternitas, from paternus 'relating to a father'.

More definitions of paternity

Definition of paternity in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody