• WordNet 3.6
    • n illegitimacy unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with law
    • n illegitimacy the status of being born to parents who were not married
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Illegitimacy The state of being illegitimate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n illegitimacy The state or character of being illegitimate; specifically, bastardy; spuriousness: as, the illegitimacy of a child; the illegitimacy of an argument.
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In literature:

The statistics of illegitimacy, of infant mortality, of ignorance and irreligion, and of destitution in Kingston, are shocking.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863" by Various
That's why the rate of illegitimacy is so low.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
There are many political economists who hold that such a system encourages illegitimacy and vice.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia" by Maturin M. Ballou
Illegitimacy and the Influence of Seasons on Conduct.
"Sober by Act of Parliament" by Fred A. McKenzie
Why need one ever indulge in illegitimacy?
"In the Mountains" by Elizabeth von Arnim
There is little illegitimacy in the country and infrequent divorce.
"Serbia: A Sketch" by Helen Leah Reed
But, after all, the stigma of illegitimacy remains, and money cannot make up for that.
"Betty Grier" by Joseph Waugh
The girl was aware of Frank's illegitimacy.
"The Way of the Strong" by Ridgwell Cullum
All evidence of the illegitimacy might be destroyed.
"Richard III: His Life & Character" by Clements R. Markham
These are all English surnames, and have sometimes been accounted for on the supposition of illegitimacy.
"Surnames as a Science" by Robert Ferguson

In news:

Understanding Illegitimacy Teen pregnancy isn't the story.
The fact of " illegitimacy ," which he stresses in his subtitle, is "mercifully" losing its importance, as is, he adds, the word "unacceptable" — presumably including the paternal absenteeism the subtitle also refers to.
LORAIN, Ohio — It used to be called illegitimacy.
A long, brutal year after the June 28, 2009, military coup that deposed President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, official Honduras is collapsing under the weight of its own illegitimacy.
The illegitimacy numbers by race and ethnicity are essentially the same as last year's.