paternity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n paternity the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing "the authorship of the theory is disputed"
    • n paternity the kinship relation between an offspring and the father
    • n paternity the state of being a father "tests were conducted to determine paternity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Paternity Derivation or descent from a father; male parentage; as, the paternity of a child.
    • Paternity Origin; authorship. "The paternity of these novels was . . . disputed."
    • Paternity The relation of a father to his child; fathership; fatherhood; family headship; as, the divine paternity . "The world, while it had scarcity of people, underwent no other dominion than paternity and eldership."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paternity Fathership; fatherhood; the relation of a father to his offspring.
    • n paternity Derivation from a father: as, the child's paternity is unknown. Hence Origin; authorship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paternity state of being a father: fatherhood: the relation of a father to his children: origination or authorship
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Quotations

  • Alexander Pope
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    “Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground.”
  • James Joyce
    James%20Joyce
    “I think a child should be allowed to take his father's or mother's name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Maternity is a matter of fact, paternity is a matter of opinion.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. paternitas,: cf. F. paternité,. See Paternal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. paternel—Low L. paternalis—L. paternuspater (Gr. patēr), a father.

Usage

In literature:

Colonel Halkett came round a box-bush and discovered them pacing together in a fashion to satisfy his paternal scrutiny.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
She was connected with his family on the paternal side.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
He would not be paternal or formative.
"Watersprings" by Arthur Christopher Benson
For the moment I felt paternal, and indulgently consented.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
I presume you'll not dispute the paternal parent's legal authority?
"He Knew He Was Right" by Anthony Trollope
For the same reason too a man may not marry his great-aunt either paternal or maternal.
"The Institutes of Justinian" by Caesar Flavius Justinian
Outside, the earl had seized his daughter by the wrist and was administering a paternal cross-examination.
"The Man Upstairs" by P. G. Wodehouse
In humblest reverence thy paternal hand!
"Demetrius A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
He had an almost paternal fondness for Pen.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And what will become of this paternal power in that part of the world, where one woman hath more than one husband at a time?
"Second Treatise of Government" by John Locke
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In poetry:

In God's paternal care
Find safety, comfort, rest;
Its bounties boundless are,
Its visitations blest.
"Confidence in God" by John Bowring
For many a year, and many an Age,
While History on her ample page
The virtues shall enroll
Of that Paternal Soul!
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
I know at once that it is baby's hair,
For, glancing down the letter, I can see
"Dear friend—my wife—a child," and here and there
Dashes of most paternal pride and glee.
"Baby's Hair" by Alexander Anderson
'What chance, or generous impulse, may I bless,
'Thrice gentle Stranger, for this kind address;
'That thus thou visitest this lonely Grove,
'And gazest on me with paternal love?'
"Louisa: A Poetical Novel. Fourth Epsitle." by Anna Seward
Ah, foolish! He, who from the ocean's depth,
Through roaring waters heard the prophet's prayer;
Who marks the first, faint breathings of desire,
Can never deafen his paternal ear.
"The Rejected Prayer" by Caroline Fry
"Believe and trust. Through stars and suns,
Through life and death, through soul and sense,
His wise, paternal purpose runs;
The darkness of His providence
Is star-lit with benign intents."
"Revelation" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Paternity Test Tuesday VIDEO K97.
Q&A: The Proprietor of New York's Mobile Paternity Truck.
Get a DNA test done for paternity suit purposes.
Rohan Marley denies paternity on Lauryn Hill's 6th child then says words were misunderstood.
I went with the paternal side.
Modesto police arrested the paternal grandmother of an.
All the Sincerity of Clay Aiken's Paternity Test.
Paternal grandparents are Clifford and Margaret Southerland of Dudley.
Paternal grandparents, Linda and Odell Stoker of Essex.
But the secretive inventor may have to share some of the paternity now.
(Women do not get y-DNA from their fathers, but their paternal ancestry can be traced by testing a close male relative.).
Why is it that although there are no studies to confirm this and the NBA refuses to comment, pro basketball appears hardest hit by paternity problems.
Paternal grandparents are Deborah and Michael Welter of Tiffin.
As a kid, I lived near my paternal grandma.
Paternal grandparents are Penny and Dale Greenwald of Fostoria.
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In science:

As it often happens the attribution of paternity is a subtle matter.
Renormalization Group versus Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy: a very simple remark
The chromosome view in figure Fig.3c, of stained purple and aqua marine cells, shows which parental allelic genome, paternal or maternal, is active in each cell.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
There is a Cell Differentiation View that shows the cell differentiation state by color, an Arrow View that shows the cell orientations, and a Chromosome View that shows which parental allelic genome, paternal or maternal, is active in each cell.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
The right Fig.4c, of stained purple and aqua marine cells, shows which parental allelic genome, paternal or maternal, is active in each cell.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
This is equivalent to a meta-network link being formed between the different maternal and paternal developmental networks.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
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