verb (used with object), le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing.
- legitimate government,
Origin of legitimate
Examples from the Web for quasi-legitimate
They had taken to the trade, and, when no longer able to carry it on in a quasi-legitimate manner, did so on their own lines.The West Indies and the Spanish Main |James Rodway
Word Origin for legitimate
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.