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"illegitimate" in British English

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illegitimateadjective

uk   /ˌɪl.ɪˈdʒɪt.ə.mət/  us   /-ˈdʒɪt̬-/
born of ​parents not ​married to each other formal not ​legal or ​fair: The ​rebelsregard the ​officialparliament as illegitimate.
illegitimacy
noun [U] uk   us   /-mə.si/
(Definition of illegitimate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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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