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    Le·git·i·mate

    adjective

    verb

    • 1. make legitimate; justify or make lawful: "the regime was not legitimated by popular support"
  2. : to make (someone or something) legitimate (see legitimate entry 1 ): a (1) : to give legal status or authorization to (2) : to show or affirm to be justified (3) : to lend authority or respectability to b : to give (a child born out of wedlock) the same legal status as a child born in wedlock legitimation li-ˌji-tə-ˈmā-shən noun legitimator

  3. 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. noun the legitimate, the legitimate theater or drama. a person who is established as being legitimate. OTHER WORDS FOR legitimate 1 legal, licit.

  4. reasonable and acceptable: He claimed that the restaurant bill was a legitimate business expense. A legitimate child is one whose parents are legally married at the time of his or her birth. More examples. Her passport seemed legitimate, but on closer inspection, it was found to have been altered.

  5. adjective Definition of legitimate as in legal permitted by law the mistrust created among investors by the financial scandal has hurt even companies engaged in wholly legitimate business practices Synonyms & Similar Words Relevance legal justifiable lawful legit authorized regulation licit good allowable constitutional proper permissible statutory

  6. 1. according to law; lawful: the property's legitimate owner. 2. in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards. 3. born of legally married parents: legitimate children. 4. in accordance with the laws of reasoning; valid; logical: a legitimate conclusion.

  7. reasonable and acceptable: He claimed that the restaurant bill was a legitimate business expense. A legitimate child is one whose parents are legally married at the time of his or her birth. More examples. Her passport seemed legitimate, but on closer inspection, it was found to have been altered.

  8. To legitimate something is to make it legal, either by passing a law or publicly recognizing it as in accordance with the law. A government can be legitimized by being invited to world talks, or a movie by winning a prestigious award. Definitions of legitimate adjective in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles

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