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illegitimacy

[il-i-jit-uh-muh-see] /ˌɪl ɪˈdʒɪt ə mə si/
noun, plural illegitimacies.
1.
the state or quality of being illegitimate.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; illegitim(ate) + -acy
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Examples from the web for illegitimacy
  • 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.
  • But novelty is hardly to be equated with illegitimacy.
  • Earlier marriage, more illegitimacy, and shorter intervals between births characterized the welfare group.
  • Report of births by place of residence, type of birth, birthweight and illegitimacy.
Word Origin and History for illegitimacy
n.

1670s; see illegitimate + -acy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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illegitimacy in Culture

illegitimacy definition


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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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