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Adjective
Not authorized by the law
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“Moreover, as Lord Scarman recognised, pressure which appears legitimate might be illegitimate if applied for the wrong motives.”
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Born to unmarried parents
“The illegitimate child of this union is the occasion for the legacy.”
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Lacking sense or sound reasoning
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“It is not illegitimate to seek a parallel between the two events.”
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Not in accordance with accepted standards, especially of morality or honesty
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Not legally valid or binding
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Not reasoned
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Done or kept in secret, sometimes to conceal an illicit or improper purpose
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Noun
An illegitimate child, born to unmarried parents
“However, world events and history seem to have been shaped by the offspring of an illegitimate son of a common bowman.”
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