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
Examples of illegitimate in a sentence
She thinks that my concerns are illegitimate.
They were fired from their jobs for illegitimate reasons.
First Known Use of illegitimate
ILLEGITIMATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of illegitimate for Students
: not accepted by the law as rightful <an illegitimate ruler>
Legal Definition of illegitimate
1 : not recognized by the law as offspring; specifically : born out of marriage Editor's 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
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