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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ILLEGIT'IMATE, a. [See Legitimate.]
1. Unlawfully begotten; born out of wedlock; spurious; as an illegitimate son or daughter.
2. Unlawful; contrary to law.
3. Not genuine; not of genuine origin; as an illegitimate inference.
4. Not authorized by good usage; as an illegitimate word.
ILLEGIT'IMATE, v.t. To render illegitimate; to prove to be born out of wedlock; to bastardize.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: contrary to or forbidden by law; "an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures" [syn: illegitimate, illicit, outlaw, outlawed, unlawful]
2: of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful [ant: legitimate] n
1: the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents [syn: bastard, by-blow, love child, illegitimate child, illegitimate, whoreson]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1536 1. not recognized as lawful offspring; specifically born of parents not married to each other 2. not rightly deduced or inferred ; illogical 3. departing from the regular ; erratic 4. a. not sanctioned by law ; illegal b. not authorized by good usage c. of a taxon published but not in accordance with the rules of the relevant international code illegitimately adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

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 or pronounce illegitimate. Derivatives: illegitimacy n. illegitimately adv. Etymology: LL illegitimus, after LEGITIMATE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Illegitimate 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. The marriage should only be dissolved for the future, without illegitimating the issue. --Bp. Burnet.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. A person who is illegitimate was born of parents who were not married to each other. ADJ 2. Illegitimate is used to describe activities and institutions that are not in accordance with the law or with accepted standards of what is right. The election was dismissed as illegitimate by the opposition... ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Unlawfully begotten, born out of wedlock. 2. Spurious, not genuine. 3. Unauthorized, unlawful, illicit, improper.

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