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Legitimate meaning

legitimate - 9 dictionary results

  1. 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. 2. Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
  3. 3. Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfeit, or spurious; as, legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions.
  4. 4. Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; as, legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard, or method; a legitimate combination of colors.
  5. 5. Following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a legitimate result; a legitimate inference.
  6. 6. Lawful; born in wedlock; fairly deduced.
  7. 7. Legitimacy.
  8. 8. Legitimation.
  9. 9. To make lawful; give legal rights to.

legitimate - examples of usage

  1. Of late years shrewd men of business discovered that the ranks of the British farmer offered a wonderful opportunity for legitimate banking. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. There are legitimate, though very rare, exceptions, even to moral laws and duties. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
  3. Several young men, who had no wives to receive their allotment notes, asked at the Shipping Office if they could be made payable in my own name and the shipping master said it was quite legitimate. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
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