verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.
- legitimate government,
Origin of legitimate
Examples from the Web for legitimation
Here she got into difficulties with the police, as she had no papers of legitimation, and to escape them, enlisted.Historic Oddities|Sabine Baring-Gould
Through the legitimation of a divine woman open enmity between the religion of woman and the religion of the Church was avoided.The Evolution of Love|Emil Lucka
It is a modern error to regard the legitimation of estates in tail as a triumph of reactionary feudalism over the will of Edward.The History of England|T.F. Tout
See Legitimacy and Legitimation; and, for statistics, Illegitimacy.
In all cases the legitimation is retrospective, taking effect from the birth of the child.
Word Origin for legitimate
mid-15c., from Middle French légitimation, from Medieval Latin legitimationem (nominative legitimatio), noun of action from past participle stem of legitimare (see legitimate (adj.)).
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.