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Noun paternity has 3 senses
- paternity - the state of being a father; "tests were conducted to determine paternity"
--1 is a kind of state
- fatherhood, paternity - the kinship relation between an offspring and the father
--2 is a kind of kinship, family relationship, relationship
- authorship, paternity - the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing; "the authorship of the theory is disputed"
--3 is a kind of initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration