of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
based on known statements or events or conditions
"rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year"
in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles
"legitimate advertising practices"
lawful, legitimate, licit(verb)
authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
"a legitimate government"
legalize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimize, legitimise, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimatise(verb)
"Marijuana should be legalized"
show or affirm to be just and legitimate
make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)
"They legitimized their natural child"
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
following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a legitimate result; a legitimate inference
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
Origin: [LL. legitimatus, p. p. of legitimare to legitimate, fr. L. legitimus legitimate. See Legal.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
le-jit′i-māt, adj. lawful: lawfully begotten, born in wedlock: fairly deduced: following by natural sequence: authorised by usage.—v.t. to make lawful: to give the rights of a legitimate child to an illegitimate one.—n. Legit′imacy, state of being legitimate: lawfulness of birth: regular deduction: directness of descent as affecting the royal succession.—adv. Legit′imately.—ns. Legit′imateness, lawfulness; Legitimā′tion, act of rendering legitimate, esp. of conferring the privileges of lawful birth.—v.t. Legit′imise (same as Legitimate).—n. Legit′imist, one who supports legitimate authority: in France, a follower of the elder Bourbon line (descendants of Louis XIV.), as opposed to the Orleanists or supporters of the descendants of the Duke of Orleans, Louis XIV.'s brother.—Legitimate drama, a designation frequently applied to the representation of Shakespeare's plays—often employed as vaguely indicating approval of the drama of some former time. [Low L. legitimāre. -ātum—L. legitimus, lawful—lex, law.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'legitimate' in Adjectives Frequency: #752
The numerical value of legitimate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of legitimate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
Cyberspace A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation.
Hardship is a legitimate test of character, resilience a legitimate sign of strength and patience a legitimate mark of faith.
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
The situation we are currently facing is one of legitimate defense, no one can deny or limit Turkey’s legitimate right to defense in the face of terrorist attacks.
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Translations for legitimate
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- legítimCatalan, Valencian
- gültig, legitimGerman
- dligheachScottish Gaelic
- īstens, īstsLatvian
- легитимный, законный, законнорождённый, правильный, настоящий, действительный, легальныйRussian
- legitim, lagenlig, laglig, inomäktenskaplig, legalSwedish
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