verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.
- legitimate government,
Origin of legitimate
Examples from the Web for legitimate
There are limits to the painting of banditry and extortion as the legitimate raising of taxes.
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’|Marlow Stern|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He was courteous, explained the legitimate reason we were briefly pulled over, and then let us continue on our way.
There are legitimate criticisms of the study, but not because it includes “attempted forced kissing,” as Lowry suggested.
Williams sold hardware manufactured by a legitimate company, said Sargent, who took a 25 to 30 percent commission.
Our object is to check by every legitimate means the spread of tommyrot in this country and the world generally.Lalage's Lovers|George A. Birmingham
But he is ready to respect the dame, if she proves to deserve it, as a legitimate connection.
He has seen so much done by energy and money that he probably thought the one as legitimate a lever into Parliament as the other.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. II (of IV),--1857-1874|Charles L. Graves
Legitimate government can be formed only by the voluntary association of all who contribute to its support.An Essay on the Trial by Jury|Lysander Spooner
In fact there can be, and there is, no escape from the legitimate conclusion.
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.