verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.
Origin of legitimate
Synonyms for legitimate
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Historical Examples of legitimates
But should a “holy alliance of legitimates” extinguish it, it will be but for a season.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
This extraordinarily mixed family of legitimates and illegitimates seems to have maintained a certain kind of harmony.The True Benjamin Franklin
Sydney George Fisher
His overweening pride received another shock through his new friends the legitimates.Pamphlets and Parodies on Political Subjects
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.