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Definition of Illegitimate

Illegitimate

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

Illegitimate Quotations

You know, I think there are certain words like 'illegitimate' that should not be used to describe a person. And certainly, we have come far enough in our technology that our language can evolve, because it has an impact.
Aimee Mullins

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
James Madison

But there's one thing we must all be clear about: terrorism is not the pursuit of legitimate goals by some sort of illegitimate means. Whatever the murderers may be trying to achieve, creating a better world certainly isn't one of their goals. Instead they are out to murder innocent people.
Salman Rushdie

What innocence, may I ask, is being played here when it is known that this virtuous damsel has already got a dozen illegitimate children?
Nikita Khrushchev

Countries that need monies so that they can provide health care and education and shelter to their people shouldn't have to repay debts that we knowingly lent to bad regimes long since gone; and all illegitimate debts - debts lent to these terrible dictators like Saddam Hussein, like Suharto, like Marcos - must also be canceled.
Noreena Hertz
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Illegitimate Translations

illegitimate in Norwegian is ulovlig
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