- 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
Synonyms for legitimateSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for legitimate
Related Words for legitimatelyequally, honorably, rightly, rightfully, reasonably, accurately, duly, properly, honestly, correctly, legally, equitably, legitimately, lawfully, decently, impartially, easily, certainly, absolutely, indeed
Examples from the Web for legitimately
Contemporary Examples of legitimately
Because early in his career, though we ridiculed it above, Affleck was legitimately great in several of his films.Ben Affleck Delivers the Best Performance of His Career in ‘Gone Girl’
October 2, 2014
It is a legitimately scary idea for people who are invested in things staying the way that they are.Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism
September 18, 2014
Divisive as the film was, it was a bold move for Lohan, who was legitimately impressive in it.Lindsay Lohan May Star in a West End Play. Is She Crazy?
June 20, 2014
And it has been, I readily concede, legitimately true at times.The Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Obamacare and Take Charge
November 14, 2013
A legitimately good pilot was followed by a series of schizophrenic episodes.Mindy Kaling on How ‘The Mindy Project’ Became Legitimately Great
September 17, 2013
Historical Examples of legitimately
The only direction of inquiry is how they can be legitimately minimized.Herbert Hoover
Because I am in possession of rich ore, it does not follow that I did not come by it legitimately.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
As a matter of fact, the road was not yet legitimately dark.The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The field is legitimately open to speculation where all agree that all is hopeless.Lord George Bentinck
Whatever credit is due to Young for securing it, is legitimately his.The Story of the Mormons
William Alexander Linn
- 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 for legitimate
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.