verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.
Origin of legitimate
Synonyms for legitimate
Antonyms for legitimate
Related Words for legitimatereal, sensible, genuine, fair, normal, certain, consistent, justifiable, natural, logical, statutory, appropriate, reasonable, lawful, proper, well-founded, correct, reliable, rightful, true
Examples from the Web for legitimate
Contemporary Examples of legitimate
There are limits to the painting of banditry and extortion as the legitimate raising of taxes.ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit
January 5, 2015
In 2012, as a 10th grader, Lean says he recorded his first legitimate song, “Hurt.”The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
He was courteous, explained the legitimate reason we were briefly pulled over, and then let us continue on our way.Obama Is Right on Race. The Media Is Wrong.
December 29, 2014
There are legitimate criticisms of the study, but not because it includes “attempted forced kissing,” as Lowry suggested.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 7
December 7, 2014
Williams sold hardware manufactured by a legitimate company, said Sargent, who took a 25 to 30 percent commission.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
Historical Examples of legitimate
That, at least, is a legitimate inference to draw from the history of life on this planet.The Conquest of Fear
It was late autumn; the legitimate racing season had closed.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
At all events, it is a legitimate induction from materialistic premises.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
They looked upon him as legitimate prey, and as legitimate prey he looked upon them.White Fang
No end of possibilities lie in the neck—even the "legitimate."
Word Origin for legitimate
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.