illegitimate

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illegitimate (comparative more illegitimate, superlative most illegitimate)

  1. Illegal; against the law.
  2. Born to unmarried parents.
    an illegitimate child
  3. Illogical; incorrectly deduced.
    an illegitimate inference
  4. Not authorized by good usage; not genuine; spurious.
    an illegitimate word
  5. (botany) Involving the fertilization of pistils by stamens not of their own length, in heterogonously dimorphic and trimorphic flowers.
    illegitimate union; illegitimate fertilization
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Darwin to this entry?)

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Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 05:56