1. the status of being born to parents who were not married (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑bastardy, ↑bar sinister
Hypernyms: ↑status, ↑position
2. unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with law
Ant: ↑legitimacy
Hypernyms: ↑unlawfulness

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