- 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 legitimatesauthorize, decriminalize, codify, constitute, permit, regulate, approve, enact, legislate, legitimatize, decree, license, formulate, ordain, launder, legitimate, sanction, legitimize, actual, authentic
Examples from the Web for legitimates
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
- 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.