verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.
Origin of legitimate
ANTONYMS FOR legitimate
Can be confusedlegitimate legitimize
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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.