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English definition of “misbegotten”

misbegotten

adjective uk   /ˌmɪs.bɪˈɡɒt.ən/ us    /-ˈɡɑː.t̬ən/

misbegotten adjective (BADLY PLANNED)

formal badly or stupidly planned or designed: a misbegotten belief/idea misbegotten social and economic policiesStupid and sillyOf unsound mind

misbegotten adjective (NOT RESPECTED)

[before noun] old-fashioned formal not deserving to be respected or thought valuable: Her misbegotten father spent most of his adult life in prison.Unsuitable and unacceptable
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