Definition of paternity in English:


Line breaks: pa¦ter|nity
Pronunciation: /pəˈtəːnɪti


[mass noun]
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'.

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