verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.
Origin of legitimate
Synonyms for legitimate
Antonyms for legitimate
Examples from the Web for legitimation
Historical Examples of legitimation
All these had, of course, received their letters of legitimation.Belgium
See Legitimacy and Legitimation; and, for statistics, Illegitimacy.
Look ye, doctor Fossile, you confound filiation with legitimation.
Lawyers are of opinion, that filiation is necessary to legitimation, but not è contra.
The law dealing with the legitimation of children born out of wedlock will be found under Legitimacy and Legitimation.
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.