Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Born out of wedlock. See 60 L. R. A. 699.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An illegitimate child; a chlld born of an unlawful intercourse, and while its parents are not united in marriage. Timmins v. Lacy, 30 Tex. 135; Miller v. Anderson, 48 Ohio St. 473, 3 N. E. 605, 54 Am. Rep. 823; Pettus v. Dawson, 82 Tex. 18, 17 S. W. 714; Smith v. Perry, 80 Va. 570. A child bom after marriage, but under circumstances which render it impossible that the husband of his mother can be his father. Com. v. Shepherd, 6 Bin. (Pat) 283, 6 Am. Dec. 449. One begotten and born out of lawful wedlock. 2 Kent, Comm. 208. One born of an lllicit union. Civ. Code La. arts. 29, 199. A bastard is a child born out of wedlock, and whose parents do not subsequently intermarry or a child the issue of adulterous intercourse of the wife during wedlock. Ga. 1882, § 1797.
    —Bastard eigne. In old English law. Bastard elder. If a child was barn of an. illicit connection, and afterwanis the parente intermarried and had another son. the elder was called "bastard eigne," and the younger, "mulier puisne," i. e., afterwards bom of the wife. See 2 Bl. Comm. 248.
    —Special bastard. One barn of parents before marriage, the parents afterwanis intermarrying. By the civil and Scotch law he would be then legitimated.