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ILLEGITIMATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does illegitimate mean? 

ILLEGITIMATE (noun)
  The noun ILLEGITIMATE has 1 sense:

1. the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents

  Familiarity information: ILLEGITIMATE used as a noun is very rare.


ILLEGITIMATE (adjective)
  The adjective ILLEGITIMATE has 2 senses:

1. contrary to or forbidden by law
2. of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful

  Familiarity information: ILLEGITIMATE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ILLEGITIMATE (noun)


Sense 1illegitimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

by-blow; illegitimate; illegitimate child; love child; whoreson; bastard

Hypernyms ("illegitimate" is a kind of...):

issue; offspring; progeny (the immediate descendants of a person)


ILLEGITIMATE (adjective)


Sense 1illegitimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contrary to or forbidden by law

Synonyms:

outlawed; outlaw; illegitimate; illicit; unlawful

Context examples:

an illegitimate seizure of power / illicit trade / an outlaw strike / unlawful measures

Similar:

illegal (prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules)


Sense 2illegitimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful

Similar:

unlawful; wrongful (having no legally established claim)

left-handed ((of marriages) illicit or informal)

fatherless (not having a known or legally responsible father)

bastardly; misbegot; misbegotten; spurious (born out of wedlock)

base; baseborn (illegitimate)

adulterine (conceived in adultery)

Also:

illegal (prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules)

unauthorised; unauthorized (not endowed with authority)

invalid (having no cogency or legal force)

Antonym:

legitimate (of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful)


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