legitimate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimo (make legal).

Pronunciation 1[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ɫɪˈdʒɪtɪmət], [ɫəˈdʒɪtɪmət]

Adjective[edit]

legitimate (comparative more legitimate, superlative most legitimate)

  1. In accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful.
    • 2011 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool”, BBC Sport:
      Rodwell was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson - who has shown 15 red cards since the start of last season - after 23 minutes for what appeared to be a legitimate challenge on Suarez.
  2. Conforming to known principles, or established or accepted rules or standards; valid.
    legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard or method
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay
      Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate English classic.
  3. Authentic, real, genuine.
    legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions
  4. ​Lawfully begotten, i.e., born to a legally married couple.
  5. Relating to hereditary rights.
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Pronunciation 2[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ləˈdʒɪtɪmeɪt/

Verb[edit]

legitimate (third-person singular simple present legitimates, present participle legitimating, simple past and past participle legitimated)

  1. To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; especially, to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Forms of legitimize ares about twice as common as forms of the verb legitimate in the US.
  • Forms of legitimate are somewhat more common than the forms of the verbs legitimize and legitimise in the UK combined.
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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

lēgitimate

  1. vocative masculine singular of lēgitimatus