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illegitimate

[ adjective, noun il-i-jit-uh-mit; verb il-i-jit-uh-meyt ]
/ adjective, noun ˌɪl ɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; verb ˌɪl ɪˈdʒɪt əˌmeɪt /
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adjective
noun
a person recognized or looked upon as illegitimate.
verb (used with object), il·le·git·i·mat·ed, il·le·git·i·mat·ing.
to declare illegitimate.
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Origin of illegitimate

First recorded in 1530–40; il-2 + legitimate

synonym study for illegitimate

2, 3. See illegal.

OTHER WORDS FROM illegitimate

il·le·git·i·mate·ly, adverbil·le·git·i·mate·ness, il·le·git·i·ma·tion, noun
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How to use illegitimate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for illegitimate

illegitimate
/ (ˌɪlɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪt) /

adjective
born of parents who were not married to each other at the time of birth; bastard
forbidden by law; illegal; unlawful
contrary to logic; incorrectly reasoned
noun
an illegitimate person; bastard

Derived forms of illegitimate

illegitimacy or illegitimateness, nounillegitimately, adverb
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