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noun, plural il·le·git·i·ma·cies.
  1. the state or quality of being illegitimate.
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Origin of illegitimacy

First recorded in 1670–80; illegitim(ate) + -acy
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Word Origin and History for illegitimacy


1670s; see illegitimate + -acy.

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illegitimacy in Culture


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

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