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[il-i-jit-uh-muh-see] /ˌɪl ɪˈdʒɪt ə mə si/
noun, plural illegitimacies.
the state or quality of being illegitimate.
Origin of illegitimacy
First recorded in 1670-80; illegitim(ate) + -acy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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1670s; see illegitimate + -acy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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illegitimacy in Culture

illegitimacy definition

The condition of being born to unmarried parents. It was once considered a mark of disgrace but is generally more accepted now.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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