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paternity

noun [U]     /pəˈtɜː.nɪ.ti/ US  /-ˈtɝː.nə.t̬i/
the fact of being a father or connected with being a father: Increasingly, the unmarried father of a child in Europe registers his paternity at the baby's birth.Family relations in general formal the origin of an idea or new productOrigins and sources
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