verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.
Origin of legitimate
SYNONYMS FOR legitimate
Can be confusedlegitimate legitimize
Examples from the Web for 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’|Kevin Fallon|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is a legitimately scary idea for people who are invested in things staying the way that they are.
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?|Kevin Fallon|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And it has been, I readily concede, legitimately true at times.The Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Obamacare and Take Charge|Michael Tomasky|November 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A legitimately good pilot was followed by a series of schizophrenic episodes.Mindy Kaling on How ‘The Mindy Project’ Became Legitimately Great|Kevin Fallon|September 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The deduction cannot be legitimately drawn until the possibility of any other cause of specific modification has been excluded.Darwin, and After Darwin, Volume II (of 3)|George John Romanes
Under the Constitution could the Union be legitimately dissolved?Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;|Clark S. Beardslee
Can I legitimately gather from it anything more than another proof of His constant readiness to stand in the breach?
The point to which this allegorical interpretation can legitimately be carried need not trouble us here.Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama|Walter W. Greg
We may, then, legitimately attach to the word Wealth two meanings.Harmonies of Political Economy|Frdric Bastiat