|1.||born in lawful wedlock; enjoying full filial rights|
|2.||conforming to established standards of usage, behaviour, etc|
|3.||based on correct or acceptable principles of reasoning|
|4.||reasonable, sensible, or valid: a legitimate question|
|5.||authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law|
|6.||of, relating to, or ruling by hereditary right: a legitimate monarch|
|7.||of or relating to a body of famous long-established plays as distinct from films, television, vaudeville, etc: the legitimate theatre|
|8.||(tr) to make, pronounce, or show to be legitimate|
|[C15: from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus made legal, from lēx law]|
status of children begotten and born outside of wedlock. Many statutes either state, or are interpreted to mean, that usually a child born under a void marriage is not illegitimate if his parents clearly believed that they were legally married. Similarly, annulment of a marriage usually does not illegitimize the children.
Learn more about legitimacy with a free trial on Britannica.com.