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pa•ter•ni•ty



Pronunciation: (pu-tûr'ni-tē), [key]
n.
1. the state of being a father; fatherhood.
2. derivation or acquirement from a father.
3. origin or authorship.

adj.
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.

paternalismpaternity leave
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