Definitions for legitimatelɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; -ˌmeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

le•git•i•matelɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; -ˌmeɪt(adj., n.; v.; adj.; n.)-mat•ed, -mat•ing

  1. (adj.)according to law; lawful:

    the property's legitimate owner.

  2. in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards.

  3. born of legally married parents:

    legitimate children.

  4. in accordance with the laws of reasoning; valid; logical:

    a legitimate conclusion.

  5. resting on or ruling by the principle of hereditary right:

    a legitimate sovereign.

  6. justified; genuine:

    a legitimate complaint.

  7. of the normal or regular type or kind.

  8. of or pertaining to professionally produced stage plays, as distinguished from burlesque, vaudeville, etc.

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  9. (v.t.)to make lawful or legal; pronounce as lawful:

    Parliament legitimated her accession to the throne.

  10. to confer legitimacy upon (a bastard).

  11. to show or declare to be legitimate or proper.

  12. to justify; sanction or authorize.

  13. (n.)a person who is established as being legitimate.

Origin of legitimate:

1485–95; < ML lēgitimātus, ptp. of lēgitimāre to make lawful, der. of L lēgitimus lawful, legal <lēg-, s. of lēx law


Princeton's WordNet

  1. legitimate(adj)

    of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful

  2. legitimate, logical(adj)

    based on known statements or events or conditions

    "rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year"

  3. legitimate(adj)

    in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles

    "legitimate advertising practices"

  4. lawful, legitimate, licit(verb)

    authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

    "a legitimate government"

  5. legalize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimize, legitimise, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimatise(verb)

    make legal

    "Marijuana should be legalized"

  6. legitimate(verb)

    show or affirm to be just and legitimate

  7. legitimate(verb)

    make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)

    "They legitimized their natural child"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. legitimate(adjective)ɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; v. -ˌmeɪt

    approved or legally allowed

    He now runs a legitimate business.

  2. legitimateɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; v. -ˌmeɪt

    reasonable and valid

    a legitimate excuse for being late; The girl's questions are completely legitimate.; a legitimately elected leader

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legitimate(adj)

    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. Legitimate(adj)

    lawfully begotten; born in wedlock

  3. Legitimate(adj)

    authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfeit, or spurious; as, legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions

  4. Legitimate(adj)

    conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; as, legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard, or method; a legitimate combination of colors

  5. Legitimate(adj)

    following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a legitimate result; a legitimate inference

  6. Legitimate(verb)

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'legitimate' in Adjectives Frequency: #752

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