Identify the correct word from the given options, which means the following: Born of unmarried parents A) Legitimate B) Illegitimate C) Orphan D) Adopted
Hint: The phrase, ‘born of unmarried parents’ means being an unwanted child. This means that the child has no legal parents and therefore, a word that has a meaning similar to this will be the correct answer.
Complete answer: Let us analyze each and every option one by one.
Option A is legitimate. The word ‘legitimate’ means to be legal and wanted. This is the opposite in meaning to the meaning of the phrase given in the hint above. Therefore, option A is an incorrect answer.
Option B is ‘illegitimate’. The word ‘illegitimate’ means to be illegal or not wanted/unwanted. This meaning is similar to the meaning of the phrase given in the hint above. Therefore, option B is possibly the correct answer.
Option C is an orphan. The word orphan means someone who does not have parents or whose parents have passed away. The child might not be necessarily illegitimate. Therefore, option C is also incorrect.
Option D is adopted. The word adopted means to follow a legal procedure in order to take custody of a child whose biological parents are someone else. This meaning is different from the meaning of the phrase given in the hint above. Therefore, option D is also an incorrect answer.
So, the correct answer is “Option B”.
Note: The phrase should be clearly understood in both literal and metaphorical terms. A phrase can have both types of meanings. Based on the given options most suitable meaning should be followed to derive the answer.