See Legitimacy and legitimation; and, for statistics, Illegitimacy.
Lawyers are of opinion, that filiation is necessary to legitimation, but not è contra.
Prescription is as strong a ground of legitimation in a case of this nature, as it is in law.
The law dealing with the legitimation of children born out of wedlock will be found under Legitimacy and legitimation.
legitimation of illegitimate children can produce the same effect.
In all cases the legitimation is retrospective, taking effect from the birth of the child.
Arms subsequent to his legitimation: France and England quarterly, within a bordure gobony azure and argent.
It is usual to provide couriers with special passports for the purpose of their legitimation.
It is a modern error to regard the legitimation of estates in tail as a triumph of reactionary feudalism over the will of Edward.
Therefore his coronation was the fitting completion and legitimation of his authority, sanctifying rather than increasing it.
mid-15c., from Middle French légitimation, from Medieval Latin legitimationem (nominative legitimatio), noun of action from past participle stem of legitimare (see legitimate (adj.)).
mid-15c., "lawfully begotten," from Middle French legitimer and directly from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare "make lawful, declare to be lawful," from Latin legitimus "lawful," originally "fixed by law, in line with the law," from lex (genitive legis) "law" (see legal). Transferred sense of "genuine, real" is attested from 1550s. Related: Legitimately.
1590s, from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare (see legitimate (adj.)). Related: Legitimated; legitimating.