legitimate

[adj., n. li-jit-uh-mit; v. li-jit-uh-meyt]
adjective
1.
according to law; lawful: the property's legitimate owner.
2.
in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards.
3.
born in wedlock or of legally married parents: legitimate children.
4.
in accordance with the laws of reasoning; logically inferable; logical: a legitimate conclusion.
5.
resting on or ruling by the principle of hereditary right: a legitimate sovereign.
6.
not spurious or unjustified; genuine: It was a legitimate complaint.
7.
of the normal or regular type or kind.
8.
Theater. of or pertaining to professionally produced stage plays, as distinguished from burlesque, vaudeville, television, motion pictures, etc.: an actor in the legitimate theater.
verb (used with object), legitimated, legitimating.
9.
to make lawful or legal; pronounce or state as lawful: Parliament legitimated his accession to the throne.
10.
to establish as lawfully born: His bastard children were afterward legitimated by law.
11.
to show or declare to be legitimate or proper: He was under obligation to legitimate his commission.
12.
to justify; sanction or authorize: His behavior was legitimated by custom.
noun
13.
the legitimate, the legitimate theater or drama.
14.
a person who is established as being legitimate.

Origin:
1485–95; < Medieval Latin lēgitimātus (past participle of lēgitimāre to make lawful). See legitim, -ate1

legitimately, adverb
legitimateness, noun
legitimation, noun
delegitimate, verb (used with object), delegitimated, delegitimating.
delegitimation, noun
nonlegitimate, adjective
postlegitimation, noun
quasi-legitimate, adjective
quasi-legitimately, adverb

legitimate, legitimize.


1. legal, licit. 2. sanctioned. 4. valid. 9. legalize.


1. illegitimate.
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legitimate
 
adj
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
 
vb
8.  (tr) to make, pronounce, or show to be legitimate
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus made legal, from lēx law]
 
le'gitimacy
 
n
 
le'gitimateness
 
n
 
le'gitimately
 
adv
 
legiti'mation
 
n

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Word Origin & History

legitimate
late 15c., "having the status of one lawfully begotten," from M.L. legitimatus, pp. of legitimare "make lawful, declare to be lawful," from L. legitimus "lawful," originally "in line with the law," from lex (gen. legis) "law." Transferred sense of "genuine, real" is attested from 1818.
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