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LEGITIMATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does legitimate mean? 

LEGITIMATE (adjective)
  The adjective LEGITIMATE has 4 senses:

1. of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
2. based on known statements or events or conditions
3. in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles
4. authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

  Familiarity information: LEGITIMATE used as an adjective is uncommon.


LEGITIMATE (verb)
  The verb LEGITIMATE has 3 senses:

1. make legal
2. show or affirm to be just and legitimate
3. make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)

  Familiarity information: LEGITIMATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LEGITIMATE (adjective)


Sense 1legitimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful

Similar:

lawful; rightful; true (having a legally established claim)

left-handed; morganatic ((of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior)

lawfully-begotten (born in wedlock; enjoying full filial rights)

Also:

legal (established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules)

authorised; authorized (endowed with authority)

valid (well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force)

Antonym:

illegitimate (of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful)


Sense 2legitimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Based on known statements or events or conditions

Synonyms:

legitimate; logical

Context example:

rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year

Similar:

valid (well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force)


Sense 3legitimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles

Context example:

legitimate advertising practices

Similar:

constituted; established (brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established)


Sense 4legitimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

Synonyms:

licit; legitimate; lawful

Context example:

a legitimate government

Similar:

legal (established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules)


LEGITIMATE (verb)


Sense 1legitimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make legal

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

legitimize; legitimise; legitimatize; legitimatise; legitimate; legalize; legalise; decriminalize; decriminalise

Context example:

Marijuana should be legalized

Hypernyms (to "legitimate" is one way to...):

allow; countenance; let; permit (consent to, give permission)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "legitimate"):

monetise; monetize (give legal value to or establish as the legal tender of a country)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2legitimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Show or affirm to be just and legitimate

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "legitimate" is one way to...):

justify; vindicate (show to be right by providing justification or proof)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3legitimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

They legitimized their natural child

Hypernyms (to "legitimate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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