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paternity -- as in: use DNA to establish paternity
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • She remembered—betwixt a smile and a shudder—the talk of the neighbouring townspeople, who, seeking vainly elsewhere for the child’s paternity, and observing some of her odd attributes, had given out that poor little Pearl was a demon offspring: such as, ever since old Catholic times, had occasionally been seen on earth, through the agency of their mother’s sin, and to promote some foul and wicked purpose.

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  • Tests were conducted to determine paternity.
  • He is filing a paternity lawsuit to determine if he is the father.

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