legitimate
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English legitimat, from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare to legitimate, from Latin legitimus legitimate, from leg-, lex law Date: 15th century 1. a. lawfully begotten; specifically born in wedlock b. having full filial rights and obligations by birth <
a legitimate child
>
2. being exactly as purposed ; neither spurious nor false <
a legitimate grievance
>
<
a legitimate practitioner
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3. a. accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements <
a legitimate government
>
b. ruling by or based on the strict principle of hereditary right <
a legitimate king
>
4. conforming to recognized principles or accepted rules and standards <
a legitimate advertising expenditure
>
<
a legitimate inference
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5. relating to plays acted by professional actors but not including revues, burlesque, or some forms of musical comedy <
the legitimate theater
>
Synonyms: see lawfullegitimately adverb II. transitive verb (-mated; -mating) Date: 1531 to make legitimate: a. (1) to give legal status or authorization to (2) to show or affirm to be justified (3) to lend authority or respectability to b. to put (a bastard) in the state of a legitimate child before the law by legal means • legitimation nounlegitimator noun

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  • legitimate — le·git·i·mate 1 /lə ji tə mət/ adj [Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare to give legal status to, from Latin legitimus legally sanctioned, from leg , lex law] 1: conceived or born of parents lawfully married to each other or… …   Law dictionary

  • Legitimate — Le*git i*mate ( m[asl]t), a. [LL. legitimatus, p. p. of legitimare to legitimate, fr. L. legitimus legitimate. See {Legal}.] 1. Accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements; lawful; as, legitimate government; legitimate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Legitimate — Le*git i*mate ( m[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Legitimated} ( m[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Legitimating} ( m[=a] t[i^]ng).] To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • legitimate — [lə jit′əmət; ] for v. [, lə jit′əmāt΄] adj. [ML legitimatus, pp. of legitimare, to make lawful < L legitimus, lawful < lex: see LEGAL] 1. conceived or born of parents legally married to each other 2. a) sanctioned by law or custom; lawful… …   English World dictionary

  • legitimate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) conforming to the law or to rules. 2) able to be defended with logic or justification: a legitimate excuse. 3) (of a child) born of parents lawfully married to each other. 4) (of a sovereign) having a title based on strict… …   English terms dictionary

  • legitimate — legal, *lawful, licit Analogous words: justified or justifiable, warranted or warrantable (see corresponding verbs at JUSTIFY): *valid, sound, cogent: recognized, acknowledged (see ACKNOWLEDGE): customary, *usual: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • legitimate — [adj] authentic, valid, legal accepted, accredited, acknowledged, admissible, appropriate, authorized, canonical, certain, cogent, consistent, correct, customary, fair, genuine, innocent, just, justifiable, lawful, licit, logical, natural, normal …   New thesaurus

  • legitimate — legal, lawful, legitimate, licit 1. All four words share the basic meaning ‘conforming to the law’. Something is legal when it is authorized by the law of the land, legitimate when it conforms to custom or common justice, and lawful (a more old… …   Modern English usage

  • legitimate — legitimately, adv. legitimateness, n. legitimation, n. adj., n. /li jit euh mit/; v. /li jit euh mayt /, adj., v., legitimated, legitimating, n. adj. 1. according to law; lawful: the property s legitimate owner …   Universalium

  • legitimate — Used in the context of general equities. Real interest in trading as compared to a profile stance. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary See: natural. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * ▪ I. legitimate le‧git‧i‧mate 1 [lɪˈdʒɪtmt] adjective 1. LAW… …   Financial and business terms

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