They nominated people who believe in “legitimate rape” and that a pregnancy resulting from rape is a gift from God.
These are, truthfully, important topics for legitimate, critical press and congressional scrutiny.
In the past decade, longevity research has become a legitimate academic pursuit for molecular biologists.
In this context, civilians are seen as legitimate military targets.
Our first mistake was accepting this media-generated debate as legitimate.
Channing's philanthropy was a legitimate outcome of his view of religion.
What he called his legitimate business had been sadly neglected of late.
Your uncle is a man of position, and has legitimate business here.
His henchmen held the Chisum herds as their legitimate prey.
His career has been related in these pages as an example to those who are seeking to rise in legitimate commerce.
mid-15c., "lawfully begotten," from Middle French legitimer and directly from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare "make lawful, declare to be lawful," from Latin legitimus "lawful," originally "fixed by law, in line with the law," from lex (genitive legis) "law" (see legal). Transferred sense of "genuine, real" is attested from 1550s. Related: Legitimately.
1590s, from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare (see legitimate (adj.)). Related: Legitimated; legitimating.