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a 1972 Alabama District Court decision stipulating that the state could not hold people involuntarily in hospital facilities that did not meet proper standards. These standards include a humane environment, adequate staff, and appropriate treatment.

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Psychology term of the day

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.