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Definition of "illegitimacy" []

  • The quality or condition of being illegitimate. (noun)
  • Bastardy. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "illegitimacy" in a sentence
  • "Mexican-American illegitimacy is much higher than non-Hispanic white illegitimacy."
  • "When his illegitimacy is finally exposed, hopefully all the damage can be reversed!"
  • "Mostly because of a large increase in illegitimacy since 1970, Lykken says, "across the land, but mainly in the inner cities, thousands of children aren't being brought up by, but only domiciled with, parents who are indifferent, incompetent, or unsocialized themselves.""