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Legitimate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    legitimate adj
  1. of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful [ant: illegitimate]
  2. in accordance with reason or logic; "a logical conclusion" [syn: logical]
  3. in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles; "legitimate advertising practices"
  4. authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; "a legitimate government" [syn: lawful, licit] v
  5. make legal; "Marijuana should be legalized" [syn: legalize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimize, legitimise, legitimatize, legitimatise] [ant: outlaw, outlaw, outlaw, outlaw]
  6. show or affirm to be just and legitimate
  7. make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone); "They legitimized their natural child"
Legitimate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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 rights; the legitimate succession to the throne; a legitimate proceeding of an officer; a legitimate heir.
  2. Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
  3. Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfeit, or spurious; as, legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions.
  4. 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. --Macaulay.
  5. Following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a legitimate result; a legitimate inference.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Legitimate'

  • Legitimate theater: The term "legitimate theater" dates back to the Licensing Act of 1737 , which restricted "serious" theatre performances to the two patent ...

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* To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival. - Wendell Berry

* Cyberspace A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation. - William Gibson

* The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object. - Thomas Jefferson

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