illegitimacy

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illegitimacy:

see bastardbastard,
person born out of wedlock whose legal status is illegitimacy. In civil law countries and in about half the states of the United States, the union of the parents in marriage after birth makes the child legitimate.
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Illegitimacy

bend sinister
supposed stigma of illegitimate birth. [Heraldry: Misc.]
Clinker, Humphry
servant of Bramble family turns out to be illegitimate son of Mr. Bramble. [Br. Lit.: Humphry Clinker, Payton, 324]
Edmund
illegitimate son of Earl of Gloucester; conspires against father. [Br. Hist.: King Lear]
Jones, Tom
revealed to be Squire Allworthy’s sister Bridget’s illegitimate son. [Br. Lit.: Fielding Tom Jones]
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Which makes the turn-around signalled by yesterday's figures on illegitimate births all the more extraordinary.
23) In so tiny a community very small increases cause large fluctuations in the illegitimate birth ratios; but, as the figures do not show the same consistent increases as the Coloured statistics, it would seem that Group Areas removals did not have the same effect, possibly - as suggested by our interviews - because family controls were not disrupted to the same extent despite the changes in work patterns.
It turned out she was illegitimate - and many illegitimate births were simply not made public by the parties.
1900, illegitimate births in England fell from 7 percent of all births in 1845 to less than 4 percent by 1900, while the rate of serious crime declined by almost 50 percent.
How many additional illegitimate births would have occurred in Puritan Salem?
When confronting the plague of illegitimate births in the United States, it is undoubtedly necessary to debate such questions as the welfare of the mothers (especially teenagers), child support, and the responsibility of the fathers involved.
He rattled off the latest statistics on crime, incarceration rates, juvenile delinquency, illegitimate births, and AIDS cases.
Later, in her public lecture, she hit out at the high rate of illegitimate births, which she said undermined "the way in which we derive our values, our community".
Those found guilty of infractions such as illegitimate births, fornication, or drunkenness were refused access to the Lord's Table until their penalty was up.
Teenage mothers had 90 per cent of illegitimate births.
Can compulsory sex education in school solve the problems of increases in illegitimate births, of venereal disease, of ignorance on the subject of sex?
All the divergences and the convergences of real historic social time, the departures of some and the arrival of others, the mixing and splitting, the dyings out and the illegitimate births are ignored"