Definition of Legitimate

1. Verb. Make legal. "Marijuana should be legalized"




2. Adjective. Of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful.

3. Verb. Show or affirm to be just and legitimate.
Generic synonyms: Justify, Vindicate
Derivative terms: Legitimation

4. Adjective. Based on known statements or events or conditions. "Rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year"
Exact synonyms: Logical
Similar to: Valid
Derivative terms: Logicality, Logicalness

5. Verb. Make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone). "They legitimized their natural child"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Legitimation

6. Adjective. In accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles. "Legitimate advertising practices"

7. Adjective. Authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law. "A legitimate government"
Exact synonyms: Lawful, Licit
Similar to: Legal
Derivative terms: Lawfulness, Licitness

Definition of Legitimate

1. a. Accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements; lawful; as, legitimate government; legitimate rights; the legitimate succession to the throne; a legitimate proceeding of an officer; a legitimate heir.

2. v. t. To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means; as, to legitimate a bastard child.

Definition of Legitimate

1. Adjective. In accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful. ¹

2. Adjective. Conforming to known principles, or established or accepted rules or standards; valid. ¹

3. Adjective. Authentic, real, genuine. ¹

4. Adjective. Lawfully begotten, i.e., born to a legally married couple. ¹

5. Adjective. Relating to hereditary rights. ¹

6. Verb. To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; especially, to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Legitimate

1. [v -MATED, -MATING, -MATES]

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Literary usage of Legitimate

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1. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"Children are of two sorts; legitimate and spurious, or bastards:1 each of which we ... legitimate children.—A legitimate child is he that is born in lawful ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"Two children were the result of the intercourse between them—one born before and the other after marriage—the latter the legitimate heir of the father, ..."

3. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, Charles M. Barnes (1884)
"When the English bishops, in the reign of Henry III., petitioned the lords that they would consent that persons born before matrimony should be legitimate, ..."

4. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1921)
"Further, conquered territory can, in consequence of a treaty of peace, be restored to its legitimate sovereign. In all such cases, the question has to be ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1845)
"Distinction between legitimate and illegitimate child, as to the presumption against double portions, favorable to the latter (c), [p. 412. ..."

6. Bulletin by Federal Board for Vocational Education, United States (1917)
"Is selection and placement of teachers a legitimate part of the expenditure for maintenance of teacher-training? Answer. Yes; but its cost must not be in ..."

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