illegitimate

  • 1 illegitimate — il·le·git·i·mate /ˌi li ji tə mət/ adj 1: not recognized by the law as offspring; specif: born out of marriage ◇ An illegitimate child is usu. legitimated by his or her parents later marriage. Illegitimate children generally have the same… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Illegitimate — Il le*git i*mate, a. 1. Not according to law; not regular or authorized; unlawful; improper. [1913 Webster] 2. Unlawfully begotten; born out of wedlock; bastard; as, an illegitimate child. [1913 Webster] 3. Not legitimately deduced or inferred;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 illegitimate — [il΄ə jit′ə mət] adj. [< ML illegitimatus, pp. of illegitimare, to make illegitimate < L illegitimus, not lawful: see IN 2 & LEGITIMATE] 1. born of parents not married to each other; bastard 2. incorrectly deduced: not logical [an… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Illegitimate — 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. [1913 Webster] The marriage should only be… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 illegitimate — (adj.) 1530s, born out of wedlock, formed in English (and replacing earlier illegitime, c.1500), modeled on L. illegitimus not legitimate (see IL (Cf. il ) + LEGITIMATE (Cf. legitimate)). Sense of unauthorized, unwarranted is from 1640s. Phrase… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 illegitimate — *unlawful, illegal, illicit Antonyms: legitimate Contrasted words: *lawful, legal, licit …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 illegitimate — [adj] not legal contraband, illegal, illicit, improper, invalid, misbegotten, spurious, supposititious, unauthorized, unconstitutional, unlawful, unsanctioned, wicked, wrong; concepts 319,549 Ant. authorized, blessed, ethical, justifiable, legal …

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  • 8 illegitimate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not in accordance with the law or accepted standards. 2) (of a child) born of parents not lawfully married to each other. DERIVATIVES illegitimacy noun illegitimately adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 illegitimate — illegitimately, adv. illegitimateness, illegitimation, n. adj., n. /il i jit euh mit/; v. /il i jit euh mayt /, adj., n., v., illegitimated, illegitimating. adj. 1. born of parents who are not married to each other; born out of wedlock: an… …

    Universalium

  • 10 illegitimate — [[t]ɪ̱lɪʤɪ̱tɪmət[/t]] 1) ADJ A person who is illegitimate was born of parents who were not married to each other. 2) ADJ Illegitimate is used to describe activities and institutions that are not in accordance with the law or with accepted… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 illegitimate — adjective /ɪləˈdʒɪtəmət / (say iluh jituhmuht) 1. not legitimate; unlawful: an illegitimate act. 2. born out of wedlock: an illegitimate child. 3. irregular; not in good usage. 4. Logic not in accordance with the principle of inference. –verb (t) …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 illegitimate — adjective 1) illegitimate share trading Syn: illegal, unlawful, illicit, criminal, felonious; unlicensed, unauthorized, unsanctioned; prohibited, outlawed, banned, forbidden, proscribed; fraudulent, corrupt, dishonest; Law malfeasant; infor …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 illegitimate — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ consider sth, regard sth as ADVERB ▪ completely ▪ It is completely illegitimate to argue that the government had no choice …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 illegitimate — il|le|git|i|mate [ˌılıˈdʒıtımıt] adj 1.) born to parents who are not married ≠ ↑legitimate ▪ his illegitimate son 2.) not allowed or acceptable according to rules or agreements ≠ ↑legitimate ▪ a distinction between legitimate and illegitimate… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 illegitimate — il|le|git|i|mate [ ,ılə dʒıtımət ] adjective 1. ) born to parents who are not married to each other: an illegitimate child 2. ) FORMAL not allowed by the rules or laws: an illegitimate criminal regime ╾ il|le|git|i|mate|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 illegitimate — UK [ˌɪləˈdʒɪtəmət] / US [ˌɪləˈdʒɪtɪmət] adjective 1) born to parents who are not married to each other an illegitimate child 2) formal not allowed by the rules or laws an illegitimate criminal regime Derived word: illegitimately adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 17 illegitimate — illegal, illegitimate, illicit, unlawful The different meanings of these words correspond to the meanings of legal, legitimate, licit (now rarely used), and lawful. Something is illegal when it is in all circumstances against the law, illicit… …

    Modern English usage

  • 18 illegitimate — adj., n., & v. adj. 1 (of a child) born of parents not married to each other. 2 not authorized by law; unlawful. 3 improper. 4 wrongly inferred. 5 physiologically abnormal. n. a person whose position is illegitimate, esp. by birth. v.tr. declare… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 illegitimate — See illegitimate, legitimate …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 20 illegitimate — Synonyms and related words: actionable, affected, against the law, anarchic, anarchistic, anomic, apocryphal, artificial, assumed, bantling, bar sinister, baseborn, bastard, bastard child, bastardy, black market, bogus, bootleg, brummagem, by… …

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