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legitimate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb make legal
    legitimatize; decriminalize; legitimatise; legalise; legalize; legitimise; decriminalise; legitimize.
    • Marijuana should be legalized
  2. verb show or affirm to be just and legitimate
  3. verb make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)
    • They legitimized their natural child
  4. adjective of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
  5. adjective satellite based on known statements or events or conditions
    • rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year
  6. adjective satellite in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles
    • legitimate advertising practices
  7. adjective satellite authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
    licit; lawful.
    • a legitimate government

Le*git"i*mate adjective
LL. legitimatus, p. p. of legitimare to legitimate, fr. L. legitimus legitimate. See Legal.
  1. Accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements; lawful; as, legitimate government; legitimate rights; the legitimate succession to the throne; a legitimate proceeding of an officer; a legitimate heir.
  2. Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
  3. Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfeit, or spurious; as, legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions.
  4. Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; as, legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard, or method; a legitimate combination of colors.
    Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate English classic. Macaulay.
  5. Following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a legitimate result; a legitimate inference.
Le*git"i*mate transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Legitimated ; present participle & verbal noun Legitimating
  1. To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means; as, to legitimate a bastard child.
    To enact a statute of that which he dares not seem to approve, even to legitimate vice. Milton.

Webster 1913

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