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illegitimate

(ĭl′ĭ-jĭt′ə-mĭt)
adj.
1.
a. Being against established or accepted rules and standards: an illegitimate means of winning a debate.
b. Being against the law; illegal: an illegitimate contract.
c. Not valid or defensible: Their reasons for missing school are illegitimate.
d. Incorrectly deduced; illogical: an illegitimate conclusion.
e. Biology Unacceptable as a scientific name because of not conforming to the international rules of nomenclature.
2. Offensive Born to parents not married to each other.

il′le·git′i·mate·ly adv.

illegitimate

[il′ejit′imit]
Etymology: L, in, not, lex, law
1 not authorized by law.
3 abnormal.

il·le·git·i·mate

(il'lĕ-jit'i-măt)
An older, and now strongly pejorative, descriptive term for a child born to an unmarried woman.
[L. in-, not + legimatus, lawful]
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The Red Shirts, who claim Mr Abhisit came to power illegitimately with the army's help, have called for parliament to be dissolved within 30 days.
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Ten months after the harmonized elections in March 2008, widely regarded as expressing the will of the people of Zimbabwe, President Mugabe and his cabal cling to power illegitimately," the bishops said.
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