What is FATHER?

The male parent. He by whom a child is begotten. As used in law, thisterm may (according to the context and the nature of the instrument) include a putativeas well as a legal father, also a stepfather, an adoptive father, or a grandfather, but isnot as wide as the word “parent,” and cannot he so construed as to Include a female.Liud v. Burke, 50 Neb. 785, 77 N. W. 444; Crook v. Webb. 125 Ala. 457, 28 South. 3S4;Cotheal v. Cotheal, 40 N. Y. 410; Lantznes- ter v. State. 19 Tex. App. 321 ; Thornburgv. American Strawboard Co., 141 Ind. 443, 40 N. E. 1002, 50 Am. St. Rep. 334.

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