Spurii Law and Legal Definition

Spurii in Roman law refers to illegitimate children born of a prostitute. The Roman law made distinction between illegitimates born of a concubine, and those born of a prostitute. The illegitimates born of a concubine were styled naturales, and those born of a prostitute were called spurii. The naturales were entitled to support from the father. The spurii on the other hand had no legal rights of inheritance or to a support. [DICKINSON APPEAL FROM PROBATE, 42 Conn. 491, 501-502 (Conn. 1875)].