- according to law; lawful: the property's legitimate owner.
- in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards.
- born in wedlock or of legally married parents: legitimate children.
- in accordance with the laws of reasoning; logically inferable; logical: a legitimate conclusion.
- resting on or ruling by the principle of hereditary right: a legitimate sovereign.
- not spurious or unjustified; genuine: It was a legitimate complaint.
- of the normal or regular type or kind.
- Theater. of or relating to professionally produced stage plays, as distinguished from burlesque, vaudeville, television, motion pictures, etc.: an actor in the legitimate theater.
- to make lawful or legal; pronounce or state as lawful: Parliament legitimated his accession to the throne.
- to establish as lawfully born: His bastard children were afterward legitimated by law.
- to show or declare to be legitimate or proper: He was under obligation to legitimate his commission.
- to justify; sanction or authorize: His behavior was legitimated by custom.
- the legitimate, the legitimate theater or drama.
- a person who is established as being legitimate.
Origin of legitimate
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for legitimation
All these had, of course, received their letters of legitimation.Belgium
See Legitimacy and Legitimation; and, for statistics, Illegitimacy.
Look ye, doctor Fossile, you confound filiation with legitimation.
Lawyers are of opinion, that filiation is necessary to legitimation, but not è contra.
The law dealing with the legitimation of children born out of wedlock will be found under Legitimacy and Legitimation.
- born in lawful wedlock; enjoying full filial rights
- conforming to established standards of usage, behaviour, etc
- based on correct or acceptable principles of reasoning
- reasonable, sensible, or valida legitimate question
- authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
- of, relating to, or ruling by hereditary righta legitimate monarch
- of or relating to a body of famous long-established plays as distinct from films, television, vaudeville, etcthe legitimate theatre
- (tr) to make, pronounce, or show to be legitimate
Word Origin and History for legitimation
mid-15c., from Middle French légitimation, from Medieval Latin legitimationem (nominative legitimatio), noun of action from past participle stem of legitimare (see legitimate (adj.)).
1590s, from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare (see legitimate (adj.)). Related: Legitimated; legitimating.
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.