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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

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

il·le·git·i·mate·ly adverb

Examples of illegitimate

  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



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