verb make legal
legitimatize; decriminalize; legitimatise; legalise; legalize; legitimise; decriminalise; legitimize.
- Marijuana should be legalized
verb show or affirm to be just and legitimate
verb make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)
- They legitimized their natural child
adjective of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
adjective satellite based on known statements or events or conditions
- rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year
adjective satellite in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles
- legitimate advertising practices
adjective satellite authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
, p. p. of legitimare
to legitimate, fr. L. legitimus
legitimate. See Legal
- 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.
- Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
- Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfeit, or spurious; as, legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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