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illegitimateadjective

uk   /ˌɪl.ɪˈdʒɪt.ə.mət/  us   /ˌɪl.ɪˈdʒɪt̬.ə.mət/
born of parents not married to each other
formal not legal or fair: The rebels regard the official parliament as illegitimate.
illegitimacy
noun [U] uk   /ˌɪl.ɪˈdʒɪt.ə.mə.si/  us   /ˌɪl.ɪˈdʒɪt̬.ə.mə.si/
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illegitimateadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˌɪl·ɪˈdʒɪt̬·ə·mət/
born of parents not married to each other: an illegitimate child
Illegitimate can also mean not legal: an illegitimate ruler
(Definition of illegitimate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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