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paternity -- as in: use DNA to establish paternity
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  • Tests were conducted to determine paternity.
  • He is filing a paternity lawsuit to determine if he is the father.
  • One woman even filed a paternity suit falsely claiming that Walter was the father of her child, a child that was born less than eight months after Walter’s release.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He also told me that wolves have the same general outlook toward pups that Eskimos have toward children — which is to say that actual paternity does not count for much, and there are no orphans as we use the term.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • Lavater would have said I lack the bump of paternity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Heathcliff smiled again, as if it were rather too bold a jest to attribute the paternity of that bear to him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • First Brendan denied paternity.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Our souls are like those orphans whose unwedded mothers die in bearing them: the secret of our paternity lies in their grave, and we must there to learn it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The old man talked but little, and, at times, he fixed on her eyes overflowing with an ineffable paternity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He shrugged and Wendy saw Danny’s paternity in the gesture; Jack could hardly have done it better himself.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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  • He acknowledged the relationship and his paternity, but he stated that he had no idea where his daughter might be, and he had not had any contact with her in ten years.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • There were water rights, boundary disputes, astray arguments, domestic relations, paternity matters—all to be settled without force of arms.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But unluckily the Varens, six months before, had given me this filette Adele, who, she affirmed, was my daughter; and perhaps she may be, though I see no proofs of such grim paternity written in her countenance: Pilot is more like me than she.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I have said all this, senor curate, only to urge your paternity to lay to your conscience your ill-treatment of my master; and have a care that God does not call you to account in another life for making a prisoner of him in this way, and charge against you all the succours and good deeds that my lord Don Quixote leaves undone while he is shut up.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It would be convenient in any discussion of the paternity of Sibyl’s alleged child, but it seemed to hurt the Boss’s pride.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Pulling swords out of stones is not a legal proof of paternity, I admit, but the kings of the Old Ones are not fighting you about that They have rebelled, although you are their feudal sovereign, simply because the throne is insecure.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The mockery was, that he should have no sooner taught a girl to claim the shelter of his paternity than he discovered her to have no kinship with him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Rather than glorying in iranian politics, he took pride in paternity.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • So the central theme of the novel is not the stocking of Montana but unacknowledged paternity.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • I do hate the aristocratic principle of blood before everything, and do think that as reasoners the only pedigrees we ought to respect are those spiritual ones of the wise and virtuous, without regard to corporal paternity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • I know not whether he had hoped for a little more resistance for the sake of a little more entertainment; but he said to himself, as he had said before, that though it might have its momentary alarms, paternity was, after all, not an exciting vocation.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Jude thereupon wrote in purely formal terms to request that the boy should be sent on to them as soon as he arrived, making no remark whatever on the surprising nature of Arabella’s information, nor vouchsafing a single word of opinion on the boy’s paternity, nor on whether, had he known all this, his conduct towards her would have been quite the same.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The young girl had every appearance of being happier in Isabel’s society than in that of any one save her father,—whom she admired with an intensity justified by the fact that, as paternity was an exquisite pleasure to Gilbert Osmond, he had always been luxuriously mild.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • There were days when Amory resented that life had changed from an even progress along a road stretching ever in sight, with the scenery merging and blending, into a succession of quick, unrelated scenes—two years of sweat and blood, that sudden absurd instinct for paternity that Rosalind had stirred; the half-sensual, half-neurotic quality of this autumn with Eleanor.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Nor did he allow anyone to doubt the legitimate paternity of the count.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • But only two people know the truth about Hunter’s paternity-Chase and me.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • In the name of God, who knows how I hurt, And of everything which might move your heart, Forgo, for now, the rights of paternity And release me from my vow of docility.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Their father, she felt sure, was a man named Odell Watkins, but he declined the offer from the Department of Children’s Services to acknowledge his paternity.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • I made a third on more than one occasion, unpleasantly aware every time of Cornelius, who nursed the aggrieved sense of his legal paternity, slinking in the neighbourhood with that peculiar twist of his mouth as if he were perpetually on the point of gnashing his teeth.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The young girl had every appearance of being happier in Isabel’s society than in that of any one save her father,—whom she admired with an intensity justified by the fact that, as paternity was an exquisite pleasure to Gilbert Osmond, he had always been luxuriously mild.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • What is paternity to the gods, who inhabit a succession of bodies, begetting scores of offspring by others who also change bodies four or five times a century? I am the son of a body he once inhabited, born of another who also passed through many, and I myself no longer live in the same body I was born into.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Paternity may be a legal fiction.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Paternity had made him suspicious.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • …or ripen’d long-round walnuts, The continence of vegetables, birds, animals, The consequent meanness of me should I skulk or find myself indecent, while birds and animals never once skulk or find themselves indecent, The great chastity of paternity, to match the great chastity of maternity, The oath of procreation I have sworn, my Adamic and fresh daughters, The greed that eats me day and night with hungry gnaw, till I saturate what shall produce boys to fill my place when I am…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Paternity is not always as described," Bram remarked, his gaze rising to meet Max’s.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Then he would tell her not only of his paternity, but of the ruse by which he had been once sent away.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Unlike Odell Watkins, Michael Williams didn’t dispute his paternity, and she named the baby after him: Michael Jerome Williams.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • It was an affecting one, apart from the question of paternity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But his whole nature revolted; his aged paternity would not consent to this.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He who was there aspired to happiness; life smelled good; all nature exhaled candor, help, assistance, paternity, caress, dawn.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Inquiry was made at that convent; the very best information and the most respectable references abounded; the good nuns, not very apt and but little inclined to fathom questions of paternity, and not attaching any importance to the matter, had never understood exactly of which of the two Fauchelevents Cosette was the daughter.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The irreparability of the past: once at a performance of Albert Hengler’s circus in the Rotunda, Rutland square, Dublin, an intuitive particoloured clown in quest of paternity had penetrated from the ring to a place in the auditorium where Bloom, solitary, was seated and had publicly declared to an exhilarated audience that he (Bloom) was his (the clown’s) papa.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He saw Cosette every day, he felt paternity spring up and develop within him more and more, he brooded over the soul of that child, he said to himself that she was his, that nothing could take her from him, that this would last indefinitely, that she would certainly become a nun, being thereto gently incited every day, that thus the convent was henceforth the universe for her as it was for him, that he should grow old there, and that she would grow up there, that she would grow old…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Poor old Jean Valjean certainly did not love Cosette otherwise than as a father; but we have already remarked, above, that into this paternity the widowhood of his life had introduced all the shades of love; he loved Cosette as his daughter, and he loved her as his mother, and he loved her as his sister; and, as he had never had either a woman to love or a wife, as nature is a creditor who accepts no protest, that sentiment also, the most impossible to lose, was mingled with the rest,…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Adam Trask, a dog wolf with a pair of cubs, a scrubby rooster with sweet paternity for a fertilized egg! A dirty clod!" A darkness covered Adam’s cheeks and for the first time his eyes seemed to see.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • I could not acknowledge the paternity to the world, but I gave him the best of educations, and since he came to manhood I have kept him near my person.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes
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