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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Illegitimate


ILLEGIT'IMATE, adjective [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, verb transitive To render illegitimate; to prove to be born out of wedlock; to bastardize.