Pronunciation: (pu-tûr'ni-tē), [key]
1. the state of being a father; fatherhood.
2. derivation or acquirement from a father.
3. origin or authorship.
noting or pertaining to a legal dispute in which an unwed mother accuses a man of being the father of her child: a paternity suit.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.