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legitimate

[ adjective, noun li-jit-uh-mit; verb li-jit-uh-meyt ]
/ adjective, noun l瑟藞d蕭瑟t 蓹 m瑟t; verb l瑟藞d蕭瑟t 蓹藢me瑟t /
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Definition of legitimate

adjective
verb (used with object), le路git路i路mat路ed, le路git路i路mat路ing.
noun
the legitimate, the legitimate theater or drama.
a person who is established as being legitimate.
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Origin of legitimate

First recorded in 1485鈥95, legitimate is from the Medieval Latin word l膿gitim膩tus (past participle of l膿gitim膩re to make lawful). See legitim, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM legitimate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH legitimate

legitimate , legitimize
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British Dictionary definitions for legitimate

legitimate

adjective (l瑟藞d蕭瑟t瑟m瑟t)
verb (l瑟藞d蕭瑟t瑟藢me瑟t)
(tr) to make, pronounce, or show to be legitimate

Derived forms of legitimate

legitimacy or legitimateness, nounlegitimately, adverblegitimation, noun

Word Origin for legitimate

C15: from Medieval Latin l膿gitim膩tus made legal, from l膿x law
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