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illegitimate

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adjective il·le·git·i·mate \-ˈji-tə-mət\

Simple Definition of illegitimate

  • : born to a father and mother who are not married

  • : not allowed according to rules or laws

  • : not reasonable or fair

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of illegitimate

  1. 1 :  not recognized as lawful offspring; specifically :  born of parents not married to each other

  2. 2 :  not rightly deduced or inferred :  illogical

  3. 3 :  departing from the regular :  erratic

  4. 4 a :  not sanctioned by law :  illegal b :  not authorized by good usage c of a taxon :  published but not in accordance with the rules of the relevant international code

illegitimately adverb

Examples of illegitimate in a sentence

  1. She thinks that my concerns are illegitimate.

  2. They were fired from their jobs for illegitimate reasons.



1536

First Known Use of illegitimate

1536


ILLEGITIMATE Defined for Kids

illegitimate

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adjective il·le·git·i·mate \ˌi-li-ˈji-tə-mət\

Definition of illegitimate for Students

  1. :  not accepted by the law as rightful <an illegitimate ruler>




Law Dictionary

illegitimate

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adjective il·le·git·i·mate \ˌi-li-ˈji-tə-mət\

Legal Definition of illegitimate

  1. 1 :  not recognized by the law as offspring; specifically :  born out of marriage Editor's note: An illegitimate child is usu. legitimated by his or her parents' later marriage. Illegitimate children generally have the same inheritance rights under intestate successions as legitimate children; statutes limiting their inheritance rights have been found to violate the equal protection clause.

  2. 2 :  not valid according to law

illegitimate noun




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