Definitions for: Illegitimate


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Il`le*git"i*mate, a.
1. Not according to law; not regular or authorized; unlawful;
improper.

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.


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.

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

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