Illegitimacy

Double click on any word to get a popup explanation of the word and sample sentences
Dictionary | Wikipedia | Synonyms | News

Illegitimacy Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with law
  • the status of being born to parents who were not married

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • the status of being born to parents who were not married ,
  • unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with law

Would you like to add your own explaination to this word 'Illegitimacy'?

Illegitimacy Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


The word Legitimacy means something which is good and right. Why the thing is right may be because it follows the law, a religion says it is right, or maybe it is naturally right. People may not agree about what is right, and because of this they may not agree what "Legitimacy" is and what is "Legitimate".

This page is about two different uses of the word "Legitimacy"

When a government is accepted by many people it is considered to have "Legitimacy".

In the past, some different reasons were used to make people accept a government. In the Zhou Dynasty of old China the rulers said they were given the "Mandate of Heaven" which means that the ruler was chosen by God. This has some similarity with "The Divine Right of Kings" in Europe, where old European kings would say they were chosen by God.



Illegitimacy Sample Sentences in News


  • The Sentinel published Way We Were: Harry Nutting, World War 1 and Ypres
    MADAM, – Not surprisingly, in the pre-First World War days, the social stigma of illegitimacy was greatly embarrassing, so unlike the public attitude of today.The parents of my true grandfather, Harry Nutting, lived at 3 Adventure Place, Hanley, virtually opposite the Victoria Hall.Harry was killed on August 9, 1915, in the First World War, in the second battle Read more on this news related to 'Illegitimacy'

Want to be famous? Add your definition to the meaning of 'Illegitimacy'


Search for more meaning of 'Illegitimacy' on the web