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Meaning & Definition of Legitimate in English

English

Legitimate

/ləʤɪtəmət/

verb

1. Make legal

  • "Marijuana should be legalized"
    synonym:
  • legalize
  • ,
  • legalise
  • ,
  • decriminalize
  • ,
  • decriminalise
  • ,
  • legitimize
  • ,
  • legitimise
  • ,
  • legitimate
  • ,
  • legitimatize
  • ,
  • legitimatise

2. Show or affirm to be just and legitimate

    synonym:
  • legitimate

3. Make (an illegitimate child) legitimate

  • Declare the legitimacy of (someone)
  • "They legitimized their natural child"
    synonym:
  • legitimate

adjective

1. Of marriages and offspring

  • Recognized as lawful
    synonym:
  • legitimate

2. Based on known statements or events or conditions

  • "Rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year"
    synonym:
  • legitimate
  • ,
  • logical

3. In accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles

  • "Legitimate advertising practices"
    synonym:
  • legitimate

4. Authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

  • "A legitimate government"
    synonym:
  • lawful
  • ,
  • legitimate
  • ,
  • licit

Examples of using

Which prince is the legitimate heir to the throne?
The Mafia uses legitimate business operations as a front.