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[il-i-jit-uh-muh-see] /ˌɪl ɪˈdʒɪt ə mə si/

noun, plural illegitimacies.
the state or quality of being .

1670s; see illegitimate + -acy.

The condition of being born to unmarried parents. It was once considered a mark of disgrace but is generally more accepted now.


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