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norm of legitimacy

Definition of Norm of Legitimacy

(noun) The custom that children should not be born outside of marriage.

Example of Norm of Legitimacy

  • The use of term bastard as an insult reinforces the norm of legitimacy.

Norm of Legitimacy Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /nɔ(ə)rm əv ləˈdʒɪdəməsi/
      • /nɔ(ə)rm ə ləˈdʒɪdəməsi/
    • British English
      • /nɔːm ɒv lᵻˈdʒɪtᵻməsi/
      • /nɔːm əv lᵻˈdʒɪtᵻməsi/
      • /nɔːm ə lᵻˈdʒɪtᵻməsi/
  • Syllabification: (norm of le·git·i·ma·cy)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: norms of legitimacy
  • The norm of legitimacy functions to assure inheritance rights and social support systems such as extended family.

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Works Consulted

Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2011. Sociology: The Core. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Cite the Definition of  Norm of legitimacy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “norm of legitimacy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/norm-of-legitimacy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

norm of legitimacy. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/norm-of-legitimacy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “norm of legitimacy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/norm-of-legitimacy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“norm of legitimacy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/norm-of-legitimacy/>.