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

    That which is contrary to law; it is usually applied to bastards or children bom out of lawful wedlock. The Louisiana Code divided illegitimate children into two classes:
    (1) Those bom from two persons who, at the moment when such children were conceived, could have lawfully intermarried; and
    (2) those who are bom from persons to whose marriage there existed at the lime some legal impediment. Both classes, however, could be acknowledged and take by devise. Co.mpton v. Prescott, 12 Rob. (La.) 56.