What is another word for illegitimate?

Synonyms for illegitimate
ˌɪl ɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪtil·le·git·i·mate

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  1. illegitimateadjective

    logical, legal, legitimate

  2. illegitimateadjective

    logical, legal, legitimate

  3. illegitimateadjective

    legitimate, legal, logical

  4. illegitimateadjective

    legitimate, legal, logical

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bastard, by-blow, love child, illegitimate child, illegitimate, whoresonadjective

    the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents

    bastard, love child, mongrel, dickhead, son of a bitch, by-blow, prick, cocksucker, shit, whoreson, asshole, illegitimate child

    true(a), lawful, morganatic, legal, left-handed, rightful(a), legitimate, lawfully-begotten

  2. illegitimate, illicit, outlaw(a), outlawed, unlawfuladjective

    contrary to or forbidden by law

    "an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures"

    lawfully-begotten, morganatic, legitimate, true(a), legal, rightful(a), left-handed, lawful

  3. illegitimateadjective

    of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful

    outlaw(a), unlawful, illicit, outlawed

    lawful, lawfully-begotten, morganatic, true(a), legitimate, left-handed, rightful(a), legal

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. illegitimateadjective

    unlawfully begotten, born out of wedlock

  2. illegitimateadjective

    spurious, not genuine

  3. illegitimateadjective

    unauthorized, unlawful, illicit, improper

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. illegitimateadjective

    bastard, adulterine, illegal, illicit, spurious

  2. illegitimateverb

    illegitimatize, bastardize

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "illegitimate":

    unlawful, illegal, illicit, spurious, improper

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How to use illegitimate in a sentence?

  1. Donald Trump:

    In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people, National Assembly invoked the country's constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant. The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro and Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.

  2. Julian Zelizer:

    It's hard to imagine the commitment to this fantasy simply falling away of its own accord — certainly not when President Trump is fueling it every day, it's possible that the Fox News brass eventually will get people like Sean Hannity to acknowledge reality after January 20th. But I wouldn't bet on it. And those who work for fringier outlets will never drop this, at least not until something even more compelling comes along. So, unfortunately, you have millions of Americans thoroughly convinced — forever — that Biden is an illegitimate president. Maybe they don't take to the streets over it but that's still a very destructive force in our society and politics. It's really distressing to contemplate but at the moment, I don't know of any way out.

  3. Ayanna Pressley:

    This president is illegitimate.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Nicolas Maduro illegitimate is not Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, nicolas Maduro illegitimate is Nicolas Maduro illegitimate.

  5. That Stonehouse:

    Philip Athill was Philip Athill and an observer, philip Athill was illegitimate and was brought up largely by Philip Athill mother in France, and it later emerged that Philip Athill was gay when Philip Athill had an affair with a male Swedish film star.

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