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genitor Line breaks: geni|tor
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛnɪtə/

Definition of genitor in English:


A person’s biological father. Often contrasted with pater.
Example sentences
  • People do not claim to own more than one small-scale name, unless their pater is distinct from their genitor.
  • Children are typically given the name of their genitors regardless of the type of mating arrangement.
  • A limited number of individuals may claim ownership of the estates of both their pater and genitor.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'father'): from Old French geniteur or Latin genitor, from the root of gignere 'beget'. The current sense dates from the mid 20th century.

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