out of wedlock

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The state of being married; matrimony.
out of wedlock
Of parents not legally married to each other: born out of wedlock.

[Middle English wedlocke, from Old English wedlāc : wedd, pledge + -lāc, n. suff. expressing activity.]
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Adv.1.out of wedlock - of biological parents not married to each other; "this child was born illegitimately"
2.out of wedlock - of unwed parents; "he was born out of wedlock"
References in classic literature ?
And am a happy horse, too, though born out of wedlock.
Rabiu said that the woman conceived out of wedlock and gave birth to a baby boy which she strangled to death and threw the body into a pit latrine.
The 32-year-old was accused of having sex out of wedlock and kissing other compatriots who stayed in an apartment with her.
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The distressed mama told Laha magazine at the time that she's "disgraced at whoever said that her daughter's pregnant out of wedlock .
The woman confessed she had an illicit relationship with the baby's father and the child was born out of wedlock.
Though these are the princely couple's first children, Albert has had several children with different women out of wedlock.
Gibson-Davis added that such marriages were fragile, and very few kids born out of wedlock got to experience a stable marriage.
Apart from being marginalized due to the "unwarranted label," he said that children born out of wedlock have limited rights and privileges, especially in terms of succession rights.
My reason for objection is simply that bearing a child out of wedlock should never be a crime and deserves no penalty," another used said.
Another orphan born out of wedlock said, "We don't need financial help from society; all we need is affection from people.
As such, when we discuss the out of wedlock child and his or her right to inherit family wealth through intestate succession, the old adage "Mother's baby, father's maybe" comes to mind.