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out of wedlock

Of parents not legally married, as in Over the centuries many royal children were born out of wedlock. The noun wedlock, for the state of being married, is rarely heard today except in this phrase, first recorded in 1675; its converse, in wedlock, dates from the 1300s and is even more rarely used.
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out of wedlock

Of parents not legally married to each other: born out of wedlock.
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This section discusses the history of illegitimacy, the purpose of intestacy statutes, and the historical inheritance rights of the child born out of wedlock.
On Tuesday, the Tokyo District Court, while turning down a demand for damages by an unmarried couple and their child from Tokyo, ruled that marking a child born out of wedlock differently in a family registry violates privacy rights.
We computed the ratio of number of children born out of wedlock to number of siblings age 13 and above.
For younger women, the proportion who conceive or give birth out of wedlock is higher: 85% for white women 15-19 and 98% for African Americans.
Partisans of a general crisis of the seventeenth century will take heart to learn that within their period (say 1630-1730), ages at marriage were higher, births out of wedlock were rarer, brides were less often pregnant, parity progression ratios were lower, and births came more seldom to wives in their forties.
Compared to a time -- say, 1950 -- when women were encouraged to be (and were) far less sexually free than men, we now have stratospheric rates of unplanned births, births out of wedlock, births to teenaged mothers, pregnancy-related high school dropouts, low birth-weight and diseased newborns, abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Nearly a third of the children born in America last year were born out of wedlock.
Having a child out of wedlock often means a lifetime in poverty.
Welfare encourages women to quit school or work and have babies out of wedlock, according to the conventional wisdom.
In 1987, 17% of live births among whites and 62% of live births among blacks were out of wedlock [2].
In a rigidly Catholic country that legalized divorce only in 1997, more than one third of all children are now born out of wedlock.
Dubai -- A housemaid, who allegedly got pregnant after she had consensual sex out of wedlock and then had her baby aborted, stood trial in the Court of First Instance on Sunday.
A woman accused of getting pregnant out of wedlock claims she was raped, Abu Dhabi Court was told
The mother told the police that Jassem was born out of wedlock and had no identity documents.
The agent of Lebanese singer Amal Hijazi sent a press release in response to shocking news over a number of internet websites about Amal's support for having children out of wedlock.