from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being in compliance with the law; lawful: a legitimate business.
- adj. Being in accordance with established or accepted patterns and standards: legitimate advertising practices.
- adj. Based on logical reasoning; reasonable: a legitimate solution to the problem.
- adj. Authentic; genuine: a legitimate complaint.
- adj. Born of legally married parents: legitimate issue.
- adj. Of, relating to, or ruling by hereditary right: a legitimate monarch.
- adj. Of or relating to drama of high professional quality that excludes burlesque, vaudeville, and some forms of musical comedy: the legitimate theater.
- transitive v. To make legitimate, as:
- transitive v. To give legal force or status to; make lawful.
- transitive v. To establish (a child born out of wedlock) as legitimate by legal means.
- transitive v. To sanction formally or officially; authorize.
- transitive v. To demonstrate or declare to be justified.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful.
- adj. Conforming to known principles, or established or accepted rules or standards; valid.
- adj. Authentic, real, genuine.
- adj. Lawfully begotten, i.e., born to a legally married couple.
- adj. Relating to hereditary rights.
- v. To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; especially, to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements; lawful
- adj. Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
- adj. Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfe`t, or spurious
- adj. Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules
- adj. Following by logical sequence; reasonable
- transitive v. To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make lawful; establish the legitimacy or propriety of.
- To render legitimate, as a bastard; invest with the rights of a legitimate child or lawful heir, as one born out of wedlock.
- 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.
- Specifically Of lawful birth; born in wedlock, or of parents legally married: as, legitimate children; a legitimate heir.
- Justly based on the premises; logically correct, allowable, or valid: as, a legitimate result; legitimate arguments or conclusion.
- Synonyms Legal, Licit, etc. See lawful.
- n. By ellipsis, legitimate drama (which see, under legitimate).
- n. An emigrant to Australia who had ‘legal reasons’ for emigrating.
- n. A legitimate child.
- n. Something to which one has a legal right. Milton, Eikon., 31.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. show or affirm to be just and legitimate
- adj. authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
- v. make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)
- adj. of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
- v. make legal
- adj. based on known statements or events or conditions
- adj. in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles
Middle English legitimat, born in wedlock, from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus, law-worthy, past participle of lēgitimāre, to make lawful, from Latin lēgitimus, legitimate, from lēx, lēg-, law; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare ‘to make legal’. (Wiktionary)