bastardy

bastardy
noun
the status of being born to parents who were not married
Syn: ↑illegitimacy, ↑bar sinister
Hypernyms: ↑status, ↑position

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  • Bastardy — Bas tar*dy, n. 1. The state of being a bastard; illegitimacy. [1913 Webster] 2. The procreation of a bastard child. Wharton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bastardy — index bar sinister Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bastardy — early 14c., condition of illegitimacy, from Anglo Fr., O.Fr. bastardie, from bastard (see BASTARD (Cf. bastard)). As begetting of bastards, fornication from 1570s …   Etymology dictionary

  • bastardy — [bas′tər dē] n. pl. bastardies 1. the state of being a bastard; illegitimacy 2. the begetting of a bastard …   English World dictionary

  • bastardy action — An archaic name given to a court proceeding in which the paternity of an illegitimate child is determined in order to impose and enforce support obligations upon the father. Dictionary from West s Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005. bastardy… …   Law dictionary

  • bastardy proceeding — n. =>> paternity suit. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • bastardy proceedings — bastardy (paternity) proceedings Court proceeding in which the paternity of a child is determined. The method provided by statute of proceeding against the putative father to secure a proper maintenance of his child born out of wedlock. See… …   Black's law dictionary

  • bastardy proceedings — bastardy (paternity) proceedings Court proceeding in which the paternity of a child is determined. The method provided by statute of proceeding against the putative father to secure a proper maintenance of his child born out of wedlock. See… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Bastardy, Special — ♦ Illegitimacy prior to parent s subsequent marriage. (Sayles, George O. The King s Parliament of England, 145) Related terms: Bastard, Special Bastardy …   Medieval glossary

  • bastardy process — Same as bastardy proceeding …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bastardy — noun (plural tardies) Date: 15th century 1. the quality or state of being a bastard ; illegitimacy 2. the begetting of an illegitimate child …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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