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Definition of 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

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

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

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

Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great.
Clement Attlee
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Illegitimate Translations

illegitimate in Norwegian is ulovlig
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