The relation of a father to his child; fathership; fatherhood; family headship; as, the divine paternity.
- The state of being a father; fatherhood.
- Descent on a father's side; paternal descent.
- Authorship; origin.
- of or relating to a lawsuit brought by a woman attempting to establish that a particular man is the father of her child and so must provide the child with financial support: paternity case; paternity suit.