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Pronunciation:  [n]`ili'jitu`mit, [v]`ili'jitu`meyt, `ili'jitumut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
  2. [adj]  contrary to or forbidden by law; "an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures"
  3. [adj]  of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful

ILLEGITIMATE is a 12 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: adulterine, base, baseborn, bastard, bastard, bastardly, by-blow, fatherless, illegal, illegitimate child, illicit, left-handed, love child, misbegot, misbegotten, outlaw(a), outlawed, spurious, unlawful, whoreson, wrongful
 Antonyms: legitimate
 See Also: invalid, issue, offspring, progeny, unauthorised, unauthorized



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Il`le*git"i*mate\, a.
    1. Not according to law; not regular or authorized; unlawful;
    2. Unlawfully begotten; born out of wedlock; bastard; as, an
       illegitimate child.
    3. Not legitimately deduced or inferred; illogical; as, an
       illegitimate inference.
    4. Not authorized by good usage; not genuine; spurious; as,
       an illegitimate word.
    {Illegitimate fertilization}, or {Illegitimate union} (Bot.),
       the fertilization of pistils by stamens not of their own
       length, in heterogonously dimorphic and trimorphic
       flowers. --Darwin.
  2. \Il`le*git"i*mate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Illegitimated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Illegitimating}.]
    To render illegitimate; to declare or prove to be born out of
    wedlock; to bastardize; to illegitimatize.
          The marriage should only be dissolved for the future,
          without illegitimating the issue.        --Bp. Burnet.
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