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 legitimatelyequally, honorably, rightly, rightfully, reasonably, accurately, duly, properly, honestly, correctly, legally, equitably, lawfully, decently, impartially, easily, certainly, absolutely, indeed, well
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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
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.