Definitions for legitimatelɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; -ˌmeɪt

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word legitimate

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"

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

  7. Origin: [LL. legitimatus, p. p. of legitimare to legitimate, fr. L. legitimus legitimate. See Legal.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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


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