Meaning of legitimate
Pronunciation: (adj., n.li-jit'u-mitv.li-jit'u-māt&sec), [key]
— adj., v., n. -mat•ed, -mat•ing,
- according to law; lawful: the property's legitimate owner.
- in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards.
- born in wedlock or of legally married parents: legitimate children.
- in accordance with the laws of reasoning; logically inferable; logical: a legitimate conclusion.
- resting on or ruling by the principle of hereditary right: a legitimate sovereign.
- not spurious or unjustified; genuine: It was a legitimate complaint.
- of the normal or regular type or kind.
- of or pertaining to professionally produced stage plays, as distinguished from burlesque, vaudeville, television, motion pictures, etc.: an actor in the legitimate theater.
- to make lawful or legal; pronounce or state as lawful: Parliament legitimated his accession to the throne.
- to establish as lawfully born: His bastard children were afterward legitimated by law.
- to show or declare to be legitimate or proper: He was under obligation to legitimate his commission.
- to justify; sanction or authorize: His behavior was legitimated by custom.
- the legitimate theater or drama.
- a person who is established as being legitimate.
- legitimate (Thesaurus)