legitimate

[ adjective, noun li-jit-uh-mit; verb li-jit-uh-meyt ]
/ adjective, noun lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; verb lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmeɪt /

adjective

verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.

noun

the legitimate, the legitimate theater or drama.
a person who is established as being legitimate.

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Origin of legitimate

First recorded in 1485–95, legitimate is from the Medieval Latin word lēgitimātus (past participle of lēgitimāre to make lawful). See legitim, -ate1

SYNONYMS FOR legitimate

2 sanctioned.
4 valid.

ANTONYMS FOR legitimate

OTHER WORDS FROM legitimate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH legitimate

legitimate legitimize
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British Dictionary definitions for non-legitimate

legitimate

adjective (lɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪt)

verb (lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmeɪt)

(tr) to make, pronounce, or show to be legitimate

Derived forms of legitimate

legitimacy or legitimateness, nounlegitimately, adverblegitimation, noun

Word Origin for legitimate

C15: from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus made legal, from lēx law
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