illegitimacy
noun Date: 1680 1. the quality or state of being illegitimate 2. bastardy 2

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  • Illegitimacy — • As generally defined, and as understood in this article, illegitimacy denotes the condition of children born out of wedlock Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Illegitimacy     Illegitimacy …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • illegitimacy — il·le·git·i·ma·cy /ˌi li ji tə mə sē/ n: the quality or state of being illegitimate Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. illegitimacy …   Law dictionary

  • Illegitimacy — Il le*git i*ma*cy, n. The state of being illegitimate. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illegitimacy — (n.) 1670s; see ILLEGITIMATE (Cf. illegitimate) + ACY (Cf. acy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • illegitimacy — [il΄ə jit′ə mə sē] n. pl. illegitimacies [< ILLEGITIMATE + CY] the fact, condition, or quality of being illegitimate …   English World dictionary

  • illegitimacy — [[t]ɪ̱lɪʤɪ̱tɪməsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Illegitimacy is the state of being born of parents who were not married to each other. Divorce and illegitimacy mean an estimated 51 per cent of children will grow up without a father …   English dictionary

  • illegitimacy — il|le|git|i|ma|cy [ ,ılə dʒıtıməsi ] noun uncount the state of being born to parents who are not married to each other: the illegitimacy rate …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • illegitimacy — UK [ˌɪləˈdʒɪtəməsɪ] / US [ˌɪləˈdʒɪtɪməsɪ] noun [uncountable] the state of being born to parents who are not married to each other the illegitimacy rate …   English dictionary

  • illegitimacy — illegitimate ► ADJECTIVE 1) not in accordance with the law or accepted standards. 2) (of a child) born of parents not lawfully married to each other. DERIVATIVES illegitimacy noun illegitimately adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • illegitimacy — /il i jit euh meuh see/, n., pl. illegitimacies. the state or quality of being illegitimate. [1670 80; ILLEGITIM(ATE) + ACY] * * * ▪ law       status of children begotten and born outside of wedlock. Many statutes either state, or are interpreted …   Universalium

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