Illegitimate

Definition of 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
(Bot.) the fertilization of pistils by stamens not of their own length, in heterogonously dimorphic and trimorphic flowers.
- Darwin.
v. t.1.To render illegitimate; to declare or prove to be born out of wedlock; to bastardize; to illegitimatize.
[imp. & p. p. Illegitimated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Illegitimating.]
The marriage should only be dissolved for the future, without illegitimating the issue.
- Bp. Burnet.

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