Definitions for legitimate
lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; -ˌmeɪtle·git·i·mate
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word legitimate.
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, licitverb
authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
"a legitimate government"
legalize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimize, legitimise, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimatiseverb
"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"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Born in marriage; lawfully begotten.
Etymology: from legitimus, Lat. legitime, French.
Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land;
Our father’s love is to the bastard Edmund. William Shakespeare.
An adulterous person is tied to make provision for the children begotten in unlawful embraces, that they may do no injury to the legitimate, by receiving a common portion. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of Holy Living.
Etymology: legitimer, Fr. from the adjective.
Legitimate him that was a bastard. John Ayliffe, Parergon.
It would be impossible for any enterprize to be lawful, if that which should legitimate it is subsequent to it, and can have no influence to make it good or bad. Decay of Piety.
Legitimate is defined as being in compliance with the law or accepted standards or rules, or conforming to recognized principles or accepted rules and standards. It refers to something or someone that is legal, rightful, valid, or genuine. Legitimate can be used in various contexts such as law, business, and casual settings, referring to authority, power, actions, births, transactions, etc.
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
Etymology: [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.]
In accordance with the relevant legislation.
The fuel costs for the business are legitimate.
Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020
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
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.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg.
To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
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- legítimCatalan, Valencian
- legitim, gültigGerman
- dligheachScottish Gaelic
- īstens, īstsLatvian
- легитимный, легальный, действительный, настоящий, правильный, законнорождённый, законныйRussian
- laglig, inomäktenskaplig, legal, lagenlig, legitimSwedish
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