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illegitimate

[adj., n. il-i-jit-uh-mit; v. il-i-jit-uh-meyt] /adj., n. ˌɪl ɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; v. ˌɪl ɪˈdʒɪt əˌmeɪt/
adjective
1.
born of parents who are not married to each other; born out of wedlock:
an illegitimate child.
2.
not legitimate; not sanctioned by law or custom.
3.
unlawful; illegal:
an illegitimate action.
4.
irregular; not in good usage.
5.
Logic. not in accordance with the principles of valid inference.
6.
Obsolete.
  1. of or pertaining to stage plays in which musical numbers were inserted because of laws that gave only a few theaters the exclusive right to produce straight dramas.
  2. acting in or producing such productions.
noun
7.
a person recognized or looked upon as illegitimate.
verb (used with object), illegitimated, illegitimating.
8.
to declare illegitimate.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; il-2 + legitimate
Related forms
illegitimately, adverb
illegitimateness, illegitimation, noun
Synonyms
2, 3. See illegal.
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British Dictionary definitions for illegitimate

illegitimate

/ˌɪlɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪt/
adjective
1.
born of parents who were not married to each other at the time of birth; bastard
2.
forbidden by law; illegal; unlawful
3.
contrary to logic; incorrectly reasoned
noun
4.
an illegitimate person; bastard
Derived Forms
illegitimacy, illegitimateness, noun
illegitimately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for illegitimate
adj.

1530s, "born out of wedlock," formed in English (and replacing earlier illegitime, c.1500), modeled on Latin illegitimus "not legitimate" (see il- + legitimate). Sense of "unauthorized, unwarranted" is from 1640s. Phrase illegitimi non carborundum, usually "translated" as "don't let the bastards grind you down," is fake Latin (by 1965, said to date from c.1939) (Carborundum was a brand of abrasives).

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