• WordNet 3.6
    • adj legitimate authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law "a legitimate government"
    • adj legitimate of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
    • adj legitimate in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles "legitimate advertising practices"
    • adj legitimate based on known statements or events or conditions "rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year"
    • v legitimate make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone) "They legitimized their natural child"
    • v legitimate show or affirm to be just and legitimate
    • v legitimate make legal "Marijuana should be legalized"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Legitimate Accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements; lawful; as, legitimate government; legitimate rights; the legitimate succession to the throne; a legitimate proceeding of an officer; a legitimate heir.
    • Legitimate Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfe`t, or spurious; as,$legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions.
    • Legitimate Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; as, legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard, or method; a legitimate combination of colors. "Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate English classic."
    • Legitimate Following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a legitimate result; a legitimate inference.
    • Legitimate Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
    • v. t Legitimate To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means; as, to legitimate a bastard child. "To enact a statute of that which he dares not seem to approve, even to legitimate vice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • legitimate To make lawful; establish the legitimacy or propriety of.
    • legitimate To render legitimate, as a bastard; invest with the rights of a legitimate child or lawful heir, as one born out of wedlock. Under the civil and canon laws operative in many European countries a bastard is legitimated by the subsequent marriage of the parents; but this is not the case under the laws of England and most of the United states.
    • legitimate According to law, rule, or precedent; agreeable to established principles or standards; in conformity with custom or usage; lawful; regular; orderly; proper: as, a legitimate king or government; the legitimate drama; a legitimate subject of debate; legitimate trade.
    • legitimate Specifically Of lawful birth; born in wedlock, or of parents legally married: as, legitimate children; a legitimate heir.
    • legitimate Justly based on the premises; logically correct, allowable, or valid: as, a legitimate result; legitimate arguments or conclusion.
    • legitimate Synonyms Legal, Licit, etc. See lawful.
    • n legitimate By ellipsis, legitimate drama (which see, under legitimate).
    • n legitimate An emigrant to Australia who had ‘legal reasons’ for emigrating.
    • n legitimate A legitimate child.
    • n legitimate Something to which one has a legal right. Milton, Eikon., 31.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Legitimate le-jit′i-māt lawful: lawfully begotten, born in wedlock: fairly deduced: following by natural sequence: authorised by usage
    • v.t Legitimate to make lawful: to give the rights of a legitimate child to an illegitimate one
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  • Benjamin Haydon
    Benjamin Haydon
    “The only legitimate artists in England are the architects.”
  • Eric Allenbaugh
    Eric Allenbaugh
    “Yes, there are times when something is legitimately not our fault. Blaming others, however, keeps us in a stuck state and is ultimately rough on our own self-esteem.”
  • Pierre Corneille
    “Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes, but to get into accord with them; they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.”
  • Carl Jung
    “Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. legitimatus, p. p. of legitimare, to legitimate, fr. L. legitimus, legitimate. See Legal


In literature:

Kondje-Gul gives herself the airs of a legitimate Sultana.
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
It is lawful to rise in arms against legitimate princes.
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
My brother's pranks were undoubtedly many, but they were all boyish and legitimate ones.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The aim to be beautiful is a legitimate one, and worthy of the attention of every lover of beauty.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
It was a legitimate case for governmental aid.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
Because I am in possession of rich ore, it does not follow that I did not come by it legitimately.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Thus marriage, as I understand the spirit of the Spanish law, seems to be a simple contract to legitimize and license procreation.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
For this was a legitimate case of Pritchard to Pritchard.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
How many legitimate needs could have been satisfied with that which has been thrown away on these artificial ones!
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
But this is contrary both to experience and to all legitimate scientific thinking!
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington

In poetry:

For the animal holds all inferior flesh
As its just and legitimate prey;
Every scream of the eagle a panic creates
As the weaker things scamper away.
"The Darker Side." by Alfred Castner King
Some men were born for great things,
Some were born for small;
Some--it is not recorded
Why they were born at all;
But Uncle Sammy was certain he had a legitimate call.
"Uncle Sammy" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

These pictures have been floating around the web for a couple of years, but I did some digging and it seems legitimate.
Many seem willing to put aside Akin's 'legitimate rape' remark that cost him the support of many top Republicans.
Students say the drawn-out disciplinary process is riddled with problems and is stifling legitimate activism.
Frustrated malware authors are duping people into decoding legitimate site CAPTCHA images for them with the help of a striptease .
IRS rules presume that a side activity is a legitimate business endeavor, rather than a hobby, if it shows a profit in three of the last five years.
Subsistence halibut regulations win tentative OK FEDERAL MANAGERS APPROVED a plan for subsistence halibut fishing last week in Anchorage that legitimizes existing practices.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is complex and raises many legitimate issues.
But, he says, he has a legitimate business, and he needs a bank.
I'm 20, female, and legitimately unattractive.
Bill Clinton and Legitimate Rape.
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlan is challenging red-light camera companies to allow their cameras be taken down, without penalty by any municipality where traffic data proves a legitimate safety concern.
And they probably would have had the opening record legitimately then.
" Bankruptcy judges are loathe to reject legitimate arms-length offers that will generate the maximum revenue for creditors and attorneys," said John Pottow, a bankruptcy expert and professor at the University of Michigan Law School.
In Akin controversy, concept of 'legitimate rape' only adds to victims' shame.
Colorado's unrepentant point person on this de-registration drive is Secretary of State Scott Gessler, and it's been easy to wonder if his Voter ID machinations are preventing him from remedying any legitimately troubling ballot box issues.

In science:

Indeed |x − y | is of order n and, since Note that our use of Lemma 5.4 here is legitimate.
Quenched invariance principles for random walks with random conductances
Mostly, this is because its originator, BOHR , actually proposed this notion in order to capture exactly these weird features and legitimize them.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
This indicates that the infrared fields are legitimate, weakly interacting variables, suitable for describing the X + → +∞ limit of the theory.
Cosmological unification of string theories
These properties make the function x exp(−2x2/λ2) of an order equal to or “weaker” than λ, and therefore this function is a legitimate expansion parameter.
Wigner-Kirkwood expansion for semi-infinite quantum fluids
Considering again the unusual conditions C1 , C2 the reader may become suspicious and the situation in the gaussian framework makes it legitimate to wonder whether there exists a family of densities and an x0 such that these conditions hold.
Local functional principal component analysis