noun, plural il·le·git·i·ma·cies.

the state or quality of being illegitimate.

Origin of illegitimacy

First recorded in 1670–80; illegitim(ate) + -acy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for illegitimacy

1670s; see illegitimate + -acy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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