What does illegitimate mean?

Definitions for illegitimate
ˌɪl ɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪtil·le·git·i·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bastard, by-blow, love child, illegitimate child, illegitimate, whoresonadjective

    the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents

  2. illegitimate, illicit, outlaw(a), outlawed, unlawfuladjective

    contrary to or forbidden by law

    "an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures"

  3. illegitimateadjective

    of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful


  1. illegitimateadjective

    Illegal; against the law.

  2. illegitimateadjective

    Born to unmarried parents.

  3. illegitimateadjective

    Illogical; incorrectly deduced.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Illegitimateadjective

    Unlawfully begotten; not begotten in wedlock.

    Etymology: in and legitimus, Latin.

    Grieve not at your state;
    For all the word is illegitimate. John Cleveland.

    Being illegitimate, I was deprived of that endearing tenderness and uncommon satisfaction, which a good man finds in the love and conversation of a parent. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. illegitimate

    Legitimacy, in traditional Western common law, is the status of a child born to parents who are legally married to each other, and of a child conceived before the parents obtain a legal divorce. Conversely, illegitimacy, also known as bastardy, has been the status of a child born outside marriage, such a child being known as a bastard, a love child, a natural child, or illegitimate. In Scots law, the terms natural son and natural daughter bear the same implications. The importance of legitimacy has decreased substantially in Western countries since the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s and the declining influence of conservative Christian churches in family and social life. Births outside marriage now represent a large majority in many countries of Western Europe and the Americas, as well as in many former European colonies. In many Western-influenced cultures, stigma based on parents' marital status, and use of the word bastard, are now widely considered offensive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illegitimateadjective

    not according to law; not regular or authorized; unlawful; improper

  2. Illegitimateadjective

    unlawfully begotten; born out of wedlock; bastard; as, an illegitimate child

  3. Illegitimateadjective

    not legitimately deduced or inferred; illogical; as, an illegitimate inference

  4. Illegitimateadjective

    not authorized by good usage; not genuine; spurious; as, an illegitimate word

  5. Illegitimateverb

    to render illegitimate; to declare or prove to be born out of wedlock; to bastardize; to illegitimatize

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Illegitimate

    il-le-jit′i-māt, adj. not according to law: not born in wedlock: not properly inferred or reasoned: not genuine.—n. Illegit′imacy.—adv. Illegit′imātely.—n. Illegitimā′tion, the act of rendering, or state of being, illegitimate.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illegitimate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illegitimate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of illegitimate in a Sentence

  1. Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi:

    The verdict is unjust, political and illegitimate and I will not acknowledge it, to my dear people, I say, make sure that al-Maliki and those who stand behind him don't get what he wishes. Because they want sectarian strife.

  2. Nicole Hannah-Jones:

    If you want to understand how does a White minority believe that the last election's illegitimate and actually ransack and lead an insurrection on the American Capitol, you have to understand the history of Black people in this country, and without that, you actually can't explain the election of Donald Trump, you can't explain what's happening in the Republican Party right now, and you can't explain the insurrection, you can't explain what happened to George Floyd – you can't explain any of that with the history that we're being taught.

  3. Leora Bechor:

    Lara Alqasem will not claim that it is an illegitimate form of protest, it would be intellectually dishonest for Lara Alqasem to say that it is an illegitimate form of protest.

  4. Brian Brown:

    We will work to overturn any illegitimate Supreme Court ruling and we will make sure that folks understand that Supreme Court is an illegitimate ruling by Supreme Court.

  5. Vladimir Putin:

    The illegitimate restrictions imposed on the Russian economy may indeed have a negative impact on it in the medium term.

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    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
    • A. efface
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