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. . 1996.

illegitimacy
index bar sinister, illegality, incompetence, prohibition

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


illegitimacy
the state of being born of parents who are not legally married. Since the Family Law Reform Act 1987, most of the disadvantages of illegitimacy affecting inheritance have been removed so that illegitimate children may take property under a will or under the intestacy rules as if they were legitimate. Illegitimate children cannot, however, succeed to titles of honour.
In Scots family law, formerly a distinction between children born out of wedlock and those born within (legitimate). The law now looks upon illegitimate children in the same way as legitimate children since the Law Reform (Parent and Child) (Scotland) Act 1986.
Existing enactments and deeds are to be interpreted without heed to the reforms. Testators may still distinguish so far as they wish. Fathers of illegitimate children do not have parental rights as of right, nor is their consent as a parent required for adoption.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


illegitimacy
n. The status of being born to parents who are not married to one another.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


illegitimacy
The condition before the law, or the social status, of a child whose parents were not married to each other at the time of his or her birth.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


illegitimacy
The condition before the law, or the social status, of a child whose parents were not married to each other at the time of his or her birth.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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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, 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 — noun Date: 1680 1. the quality or state of being illegitimate 2. bastardy 2 …   New Collegiate 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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