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paternity suit Syllabification: pa·ter·ni·ty suit
Pronunciation: /pəˈternədē so͞ot/

Definition of paternity suit in English:


chiefly North American
A court case held to establish formally the identity of a child’s father, typically in order to require the man to support the child financially.
Example sentences
  • About a year after we married, my husband told me he was being sued in a paternity suit having to do with a one-night stand before we met.
  • At various times he has been charged with assault and resisting arrest; he has been hit with a paternity suit.
  • The driving incident came after the rapper went off in a courtroom in an earlier incident after being served with a paternity suit.
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