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paternity

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Definition the state of being a father; or related to fatherhood
  • Tests were conducted to determine paternity.
  • He is filing a paternity lawsuit to determine if he is the father.
  • 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
  • First Brendan denied paternity.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • 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
  • Paternity had made him suspicious.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Nor did he allow anyone to doubt the legitimate paternity of the count.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Rather than glorying in iranian politics, he took pride in paternity.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The old man talked but little, and, at times, he fixed on her eyes overflowing with an ineffable paternity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 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
  • 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 only two people know the truth about Hunter's paternity-Chase and me.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • 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
  • He shrugged and Wendy saw Danny's paternity in the gesture; Jack could hardly have done it better himself.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • 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
  • Paternity is not always as described," Bram remarked, his gaze rising to meet Max's.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • 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
  • So the central theme of the novel is not the stocking of Montana but unacknowledged paternity.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Lavater would have said I lack the bump of paternity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • 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?
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light

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