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Meaning of LEGITIMATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]lu'jitumut, [v]lu'jitu`meyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; "a legitimate government"
  2. [adj]  of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
  3. [adj]  in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles; "legitimate advertising practices"
  4. [adj]  in accordance with reason or logic; "a logical conclusion"
  5. [v]  make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone); "They legitimized their natural child"
  6. [v]  show or affirm to be just and legitimate
  7. [v]  make legal; "Marijuana should be legalized"
 

LEGITIMATE is a 10 letter word that starts with L.

 

 Synonyms: constituted, decriminalise, decriminalize, established, lawful, lawfully-begotten, left-handed, legal, legalise, legalize, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize, licit, logical, morganatic, rightful(a), true(a)
 
 Antonyms: criminalise, criminalize, illegalise, illegalize, illegitimate, outlaw
 
 See Also: allow, alter, authorised, authorized, change, countenance, justify, let, monetise, monetize, permit, valid, vindicate

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Le*git"i*mate\ (-m[asl]t), a. [LL. legitimatus, p.
    p. of legitimare to legitimate, fr. L. legitimus legitimate.
    See {Legal}.]
    1. 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. Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
    
    3. Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfeit, or
       spurious; as, legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate
       inscriptions.
    
    4. Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; as,
       legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard, or method; a
       legitimate combination of colors.
    
             Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate
             English classic.                      --Macaulay.
    
    5. Following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a
       legitimate result; a legitimate inference.
    
    
  2. \Le*git"i*mate\ (-m[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Legitimated} (-m[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Legitimating}
    (-m[=a]`t[i^]ng).]
    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.
    
          To enact a statute of that which he dares not seem to
          approve, even to legitimate vice.        --Milton.
    
    
 
Legal Dictionary
 
 Definition: That which is legal, lawful, recognized by law or according to law.
 
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