bastardy proceeding


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Noun1.bastardy proceeding - 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 - 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)
causa, lawsuit, suit, case, cause - a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"