illegitimate

adjective il·le·git·i·mate \ ˌi-li-ˈji-tə-mət \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of illegitimate

1 : not recognized as lawful offspring; specifically : born of parents not married to each other
2 : not rightly deduced or inferred : illogical
3 : departing from the regular : erratic
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.

Recent Examples of illegitimate from the Web

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First Known Use of illegitimate

1536


ILLEGITIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

illegitimate

adjective

Definition of illegitimate for English Language Learners

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

  • : not allowed according to rules or laws

  • : not reasonable or fair


ILLEGITIMATE Defined for Kids

illegitimate

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

Definition of illegitimate for Students

: not accepted by the law as rightful
  • an illegitimate ruler

Law Dictionary

illegitimate

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

legal Definition of illegitimate

1 : not recognized by the law as offspring; specifically : born out of marriage
Note: An illegitimate child is usually 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 : not valid according to law

illegitimate

noun


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