(?), n. [L. paternitas: cf. F. paternit. See Paternal.] 1. The relation of a father to his child; fathership; fatherhood; family headship; as, the divine paternity.
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The world, while it had scarcity of people, underwent no other dominion than paternity and eldership.
Sir W. Raleigh.
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2. Derivation or descent from a father; male parentage; as, the paternity of a child.
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3. Origin; authorship.
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The paternity of these novels was . . . disputed.
Sir W. Scott.
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