Definition of paternity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

paternity

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtɜːnəti//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrnəti//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the fact of being the father of a child He refused to admit paternity of the child. compare maternity Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French paternité, from late Latin paternitas, from paternus ‘relating to a father’.
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