illegitimate

(redirected from illegitimates)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to illegitimates: illegitimacy, Out-of-wedlock

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]
References in periodicals archive ?
Even if the illegitimate child survived infancy, mothers sometimes saw them as obstacles to forming permanent unions, especially if the new man made it clear he did not wish to support children from previous liaisons.
Cecil Chapman, who was a magistrate of the police courts in Southwark between 1901-1908, reported in his memoirs about cases of cruelty to children from "want of self-restraint in the exercise of irresponsible power," insisting that "every one of them had to do with a step-child or an illegitimate child .
Maria M'Neil had three illegitimate children living with her in her lodgings in London.
The applicant must have had only one illegitimate child, have "fallen" under a promise of marriage, and been of previously irreproachable behavior.
29) Since having an illegitimate child made the mother automatically morally suspect, many illegitimate girls eventually became wards of the state, either in industrial schools (started 1866) or the workhouse, or wards of private charities, like the Waifs and Strays Society or the Salvation Army.
An unsettled early life, the stigma of being illegitimate and not realising why I was despised because of it, all combined to make me grow up with the feeling that everyone was against me.
an illegitimate child, lived in a foster home and was described as "happy well cared for and loved" in his adopted family.
Partly, of course, the parents faced limited options because of their poverty, but even illegitimate children whose parents were not poverty-stricken faced frequent moves and custody problems.
Hannah Hill had an illegitimate child, Sydney, before she married Charles Chaplin, Sr.
Bim Andrews, illegitimate daughter of poor but respectable parents in Cambridge (born in 1909), faced difficulties with her name when she went to boarding school, since her parents had married after her birth:
Evidence from illegitimate children makes clear that other children regarded them with hostility and contempt.
An illegitimate child born in 1912 was sent to a Catholic private school for her schooling.