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Noun: illegitimacy  ,i-li'ji-tu-mu-see
  1. The status of being born to parents who were not married
    - bastardy [archaic], bar sinister
  2. Unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with law

Derived forms: illegitimacies

Type of: position, status, unlawfulness

Antonym: legitimacy

Encyclopedia: Illegitimacy