from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being illegitimate.
  • n. Bastardy.

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  • n. The state or condition of being illegitimate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being illegitimate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being illegitimate; specifically, bastardy; spuriousness: as, the illegitimacy of a child; the illegitimacy of an argument.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the status of being born to parents who were not married
  • n. unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with law


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  • Mexican-American illegitimacy is much higher than non-Hispanic white illegitimacy.

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  • When his illegitimacy is finally exposed, hopefully all the damage can be reversed!

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  • Mostly because of a large increase in illegitimacy since 1970, Lykken says, "across the land, but mainly in the inner cities, thousands of children aren't being brought up by, but only domiciled with, parents who are indifferent, incompetent, or unsocialized themselves."

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  • [235: 1] The word illegitimacy is derived from the Latin _illegitimus_, meaning "not in accordance with law."

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  • The growth in Hispanic illegitimacy is especially important because Hispanics keep increasing as a share of all new births, married or unmarried, up from 14.3 percent in 1990 to 23.8 percent in 2005 to 24.6 percent in 2007. - Latest Articles

  • Ascribing an intrinsic power differential to acts of appropriation, meanwhile, only obscures the specific act -- the "taking possession" -- and its questionable ethical nature -- its "illegitimacy" -- behind wider isues of political inequity which are arguably more important but more nebulous.

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  • However, illegitimacy is a far less useful statistic than teen pregnancy, since unmarried 30-somethings having children isn’t exactly a social crisis, and 18-year-old girls running off to get married aren’t exactly enhancing their career prospects.

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  • The stigma of so-called illegitimacy, parents not married when child was born, has been the cause of so many evils.

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  • The largest contributor to black and white poverty is the moral relativism that has ENCOURAGED the increase in illegitimacy.

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  • One is the calculation of this so-called illegitimacy ratio that has been introduced within recent days by the House.

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