Is it ensure, insure, or assure?
The condition of being born to unmarried parents. It was once considered a mark of disgrace but is generally more accepted now.
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.