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[lej-i-tim] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪ tɪm/
noun, Roman and Civil Law, Scots Law.
the part of an estate that children or other close relatives can claim against the decedent's testament.
Also, legitime [li-jit-uh-mee] /lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmi/ (Show IPA).
Origin of legitim
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin lēgitima (pars) the lawful (part), equivalent to lēgi- (stem of lēx law) + -tima, feminine of -timus adj. suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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