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legitim

[lej-i-tim]
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noun Roman and Civil Law, Scots Law.
  1. the part of an estate that children or other close relatives can claim against the decedent's testament.
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Also le·git·i·me [li-jit-uh-mee] /lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmi/.

Origin of legitim

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin lēgitima (pars) the lawful (part), equivalent to lēgi- (stem of lēx law) + -tima, feminine of -timus adj. suffix
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Historical Examples

  • On the marriage of both of your children a certain sum was paid down and accepted in full of legitim.

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