pa·ter·ni·ty /pə-'tər-nə-tē/ n
1: the quality or state of being a father
2: origin or descent from a father

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun ancestry, derivation, descent, fatherhood, fathership, lineage, male parentage, origin, parentage, paternal parentage, progenitorship associated concepts: paternity proceeding foreign phrases:
- Fillatio non potest probari. — Filiation cannot be proved
- Pater est quern nuptiae demonstrant. — He is the father whom the marriage points out
II index descent (lineage), filiation, parentage

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Fatherhood; the state of being a father. See also maternity

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

natural fatherhood. In English law it is possible to obtain a declaration of paternity that a man is the father of a child: Civil Evidence Act 1968 (as amended by Family Law Reform Act 1987). See also Re JS [1980] 1 All ER 1061.
In Scots family law, by the Law Reform (Parent and Child) (Scotland) Act 1986, a man is presumed to be the father of a child if he was married to the mother at any time during the period beginning with the child's conception and ending with his or her birth. This makes the father liable to aliment the child and gives him parental rights automatically. The presumption can be rebutted on balance of probabilities. There is rebuttable presumption that registration by a man as the father of a child means that he is the father of the child.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

n. Fatherhood, the relationship of father to a child.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The state or condition of a father; the relationship of a father.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The state or condition of a father; the relationship of a father.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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