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legitimate
Definition of legitimate

Etymology

    From Late Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare ‘to make legal'.

Pronunciation 1

  • IPA: /ləˈʤɪtɪmət/

Adjective

legitimate (comparative more legitimate, superlative most legitimate)

  1. Lawfully begotten; born to married people.
  2. (obsolete) Authorized; real, genuine.
  3. Accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements; lawful.
  4. Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; valid.

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Pronunciation 2

  • IPA: /ləˈʤɪtɪmeɪt/

Verb

to legitimate (third-person singular simple present legitimates, present participle legitimating, simple past and past participle legitimated)

  1. To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; especially, to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means.

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Derived terms

  • delegitimate

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