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illegitimate

il·le·git·i·mate

illegitimate

 
pronunciation:
Il l jI t miht
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not legitimate; unlawful.
Did you know he was carrying on illegitimate business dealings?
antonyms:
lawful, legal, legitimate, true
similar words:
criminal, illegal, illicit, unlawful
definition 2: born out of wedlock; bastard.
As his son was illegitimate, he could not inherit the throne.
antonyms:
legitimate
definition 3: not in good usage; inappropriate.
The use of that word in this context is illegitimate.
antonyms:
legitimate
definition 4: not in accordance with principles of logical inference; illogical.
What you've put forward is an illegitimate argument.
antonyms:
legitimate
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: illegitimated, illegitimates, illegitimating
definition: to declare or prove illegitimate.
antonyms:
legitimate
 
part of speech: noun
definition: one that is illegitimate; bastard.
derivations: illegitimately (adv.), illegitimacy (n.)
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