legitimate

  • 1 legitimate — le·git·i·mate 1 /lə ji tə mət/ adj [Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare to give legal status to, from Latin legitimus legally sanctioned, from leg , lex law] 1: conceived or born of parents lawfully married to each other or… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Legitimate — Le*git i*mate ( m[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Legitimated} ( m[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Legitimating} ( m[=a] t[i^]ng).] To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 legitimate — [lə jit′əmət; ] for v. [, lə jit′əmāt΄] adj. [ML legitimatus, pp. of legitimare, to make lawful < L legitimus, lawful < lex: see LEGAL] 1. conceived or born of parents legally married to each other 2. a) sanctioned by law or custom; lawful… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 legitimate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) conforming to the law or to rules. 2) able to be defended with logic or justification: a legitimate excuse. 3) (of a child) born of parents lawfully married to each other. 4) (of a sovereign) having a title based on strict… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 legitimate — legal, *lawful, licit Analogous words: justified or justifiable, warranted or warrantable (see corresponding verbs at JUSTIFY): *valid, sound, cogent: recognized, acknowledged (see ACKNOWLEDGE): customary, *usual: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 legitimate — [adj] authentic, valid, legal accepted, accredited, acknowledged, admissible, appropriate, authorized, canonical, certain, cogent, consistent, correct, customary, fair, genuine, innocent, just, justifiable, lawful, licit, logical, natural, normal …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 legitimate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English legitimat, from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare to legitimate, from Latin legitimus legitimate, from leg , lex law Date: 15th century 1. a. lawfully begotten; specifically born in… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 legitimate — legal, lawful, legitimate, licit 1. All four words share the basic meaning ‘conforming to the law’. Something is legal when it is authorized by the law of the land, legitimate when it conforms to custom or common justice, and lawful (a more old… …

    Modern English usage

  • 10 legitimate — legitimately, adv. legitimateness, n. legitimation, n. adj., n. /li jit euh mit/; v. /li jit euh mayt /, adj., v., legitimated, legitimating, n. adj. 1. according to law; lawful: the property s legitimate owner …

    Universalium

  • 11 legitimate — Used in the context of general equities. Real interest in trading as compared to a profile stance. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary See: natural. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * ▪ I. legitimate le‧git‧i‧mate 1 [lɪˈdʒɪtmt] adjective 1. LAW… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 12 legitimate — legitimates, legitimating, legitimated (The adjective is pronounced [[t]lɪʤɪ̱tɪmət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]lɪʤɪ̱tɪmeɪt[/t]].) 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is legitimate is acceptable according to the law. The French government has… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 legitimate — 01. Some scams appear quite [legitimate] at first. 02. You must have a [legitimate] excuse for missing an exam. 03. A government cannot be considered truly [legitimate] unless it is democratically elected. 04. You must have a [legitimate] excuse… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 legitimate — le•git•i•mate adj., n. [[t]lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt[/t]] v. [[t] ˌmeɪt[/t]] adj. v. mat•ed, mat•ing, n. 1) according to law; lawful: the property s legitimate owner[/ex] 2) in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards 3) born of legally… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 legitimate — le|git|i|mate1 [lıˈdʒıtımıt] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Medieval Latin; Origin: , past participle of legitimare to legitimize , from Latin legitimus legitimate , from lex law ] 1.) fair or reasonable ▪ That s a perfectly legitimate question. ▪ Most… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 legitimate — le|git|i|mate [ lə dʒıtəmət ] adjective ** 1. ) allowed by the law or correct according to the law: Are the premises being used for legitimate business purposes? The Scots proclaimed James Stuart as the legitimate heir to the British throne. 2. ) …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 legitimate */*/ — UK [lɪˈdʒɪtəmət] / US [ləˈdʒɪtəmət] adjective 1) fair and reasonable It is perfectly legitimate to ask questions about a politician s personal life. legitimate interest/excuse/expectation: Did he have a legitimate excuse for being late? 2)… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 legitimate — adj. legitimate to + inf. (is it legitimate to pose such questions?) * * * [lɪ dʒɪtɪmeɪt] legitimate to + int. (is it legitimate to pose such questions?) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 legitimate — {{11}}legitimate (adj.) mid 15c., lawfully begotten, from M.Fr. legitimer and directly from M.L. legitimatus, pp. of legitimare make lawful, declare to be lawful, from L. legitimus lawful, originally fixed by law, in line with the law, from lex… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 20 legitimate — 1 adjective 1 correct, allowable, or operating according to the law: The Mafia uses legitimate business operations as a front. 2 fair, correct, or reasonable according to accepted standards of behaviour: Is this a legitimate use of taxpayers… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English