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kissing

n. the activity of making contact with the lips, usually with another individual as a sign of friendship or affection. The kiss may involve lip contact with any part of the body and with varying degrees of pressure. Mouth-to-mouth kissing may include extension of the tongues (see French kiss). Kissing is possibly related to the licking behavior manifested by nonhuman animals. It is not observed in all cultures.

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June 18th 2024

illegitimacy

illegitimacy

n.

1. the status of a child whose parents were unmarried at the time of birth. In Western societies, the term has fallen into virtual disuse with changing family structures (e.g., cohabiting but unmarried parents, single mothers by choice), the fading of the stigma formerly attached to illegitimacy, and the disappearance of most legal distinctions between legitimate and illegitimate children.

2. the state of being unlawful, improper, or contrary to reason and logic. —illegitimate adj.