illegitimacy

[il-i-jit-uh-muh-see]
noun, plural illegitimacies.
the state or quality of being illegitimate.

Origin:
1670–80; illegitim(ate) + -acy

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illegitimate (ˌɪlɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪt)
 
adj
1.  born of parents who were not married to each other at the time of birth; bastard
2.  forbidden by law; illegal; unlawful
3.  contrary to logic; incorrectly reasoned
 
n
4.  an illegitimate person; bastard
 
ille'gitimacy
 
n
 
ille'gitimateness
 
n
 
ille'gitimately
 
adv

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illegitimacy definition


The condition of being born to unmarried parents. It was once considered a mark of disgrace but is generally more accepted now.

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illegitimacy

status of children begotten and born outside of wedlock. Many statutes either state, or are interpreted to mean, that usually a child born under a void marriage is not illegitimate if his parents clearly believed that they were legally married. Similarly, annulment of a marriage usually does not illegitimize the children.

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Example sentences
When the overall illegitimacy rate in this country hits that number, our
  society will collapse.
And those have been tangled up in endless legal problems, all of which project
  an aura of illegitimacy to the world.
But, to tell the truth, there was sod all romantic about our illegitimacy.
Desertion and illegitimacy have been with us for a long time and unfortunately
  may be on the increase.
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