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paternity Idioms & Phrases

paternity suit

  • noun a lawsuit filed to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock (and to provide for the support of the child once paternity is determined)
    bastardy proceeding.

paternity test

  • noun a test based on blood groups to determine whether a particular man could be the biological father of a particular child; negative results prove he was not the father but positive results show only that he could be