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natural child

  1. an illegitimate child; one born of illicit intercourse.
  2. (especially in Louisiana) an illegitimate child who has been lawfully acknowledged by its father.
Origin of natural child
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Campbell's polished elegance of style, and the 'ivory mechanism of his verse,' was born the natural child of Beattie and Pope.

  • Greed, the natural child of poverty, often has as much to do with it as real need.

    The Children of the Poor Jacob A. Riis
  • The latter was a respectable farmer, living at Hatherleigh, in Devonshire; and the infant was his natural child.

  • He brought the child to her and said he was a natural child.

    The Pagan's Cup Fergus Hume
  • The girl was a natural child of parents too noble ever to own and claim her.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • One of the children I spoke of, a little girl of six, is my own natural child.

    Unveiling a Parallel Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
  • You were a natural child, and your mother a poor creature, who got her living on the streets.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • This is the natural child of those primeval sessions that gave pleasure to apes.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • Oh, my dear,” said she, “a natural child is a child a person has before he is married.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • If only a natural child of mine, I should have shrunk from owning to Janet a youthful error.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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