Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The paternity of a child; the adjudication of a child’s paternity; a child’s adoption.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The relation of a child to its parent; correlative to "paternity." The judicial assignment of an illegitimate child to a designated man as its father. In the civil law. The descent of son or daughter, with regard to hls or her father, mother, and their ancestors.