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Definition 1: the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for illegitimate in the sense of this definition

(illegitimate is a kind of ...) the immediate descendants of a person

"she was the mother of many offspring" "he died without issue"

Definition 2: of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful - [adjective denoting all]

(illegitimate is similar to ...) conceived in adultery

(illegitimate is similar to ...) illegitimate

(illegitimate is similar to ...) born out of wedlock

"the dominions of both rulers passed away to their spurious or doubtful offspring"

(illegitimate is similar to ...) not having a known or legally responsible father

(illegitimate is similar to ...) (of marriages) illicit or informal

"in Colonial America left-handed marriages between Frenchmen and Indians were frequent"

(illegitimate is similar to ...) having no legally established claim

"the wrongful heir to the throne"

(means also ...) not endowed with authority

(means also ...) prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

"an illegal chess move"

(means also ...) having no cogency or legal force

"invalid reasoning" "an invalid driver's license"

Definition 3: contrary to or forbidden by law - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where illegitimate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an illegitimate seizure of power
  • illicit trade
  • an outlaw strike
  • unlawful measures

Synonyms for illegitimate in the sense of this definition

(illegitimate is similar to ...) prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

"an illegal chess move"

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