Definition of legitimate
From Late Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare ‘to make legal'.
legitimate (comparative more legitimate, superlative most legitimate)
- Lawfully begotten; born to married people.
- (obsolete) Authorized; real, genuine.
- Accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements; lawful.
- Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; valid.
to legitimate (third-person singular simple present legitimates, present participle legitimating, simple past and past participle legitimated)
- 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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