[ adjective, noun li-jit-uh-mit; verb li-jit-uh-meyt ]
/ adjective, noun lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; verb lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmeɪt /
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.
verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.
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.
SYNONYMS FOR legitimate
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Origin of legitimate
OTHER WORDS FROM legitimate
le·git·i·mate·ly, adverble·git·i·mate·ness, nounle·git·i·ma·tion, nounde·le·git·i·mate, verb (used with object), de·le·git·i·mat·ed, de·le·git·i·mat·ing.
de·le·git·i·ma·tion, nounnon·le·git·i·mate, adjectivepost·le·git·i·ma·tion, nounqua·si-le·git·i·mate, adjectivequa·si-le·git·i·mate·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH legitimatelegitimate , legitimize
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British Dictionary definitions for legitimate
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
Derived forms of legitimatelegitimacy or legitimateness, nounlegitimately, adverblegitimation, noun
Word Origin for legitimate
C15: from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus made legal, from lēx law
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