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paternity suit

Definitions of paternity suit
  1. 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)
    synonyms: bastardy proceeding
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    type of:
    case, causa, cause, lawsuit, suit
    a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
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