Meaning of legitimate


Pronunciation: (adj.,''u-māt&sec), [key]
— adj., v., n. -mat•ed, -mat•ing,
  1. according to law; lawful: the property's legitimate owner.
  2. in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards.
  3. born in wedlock or of legally married parents: legitimate children.
  4. in accordance with the laws of reasoning; logically inferable; logical: a legitimate conclusion.
  5. resting on or ruling by the principle of hereditary right: a legitimate sovereign.
  6. not spurious or unjustified; genuine: It was a legitimate complaint.
  7. of the normal or regular type or kind.
  8. of or pertaining to professionally produced stage plays, as distinguished from burlesque, vaudeville, television, motion pictures, etc.: an actor in the legitimate theater.
  1. to make lawful or legal; pronounce or state as lawful: Parliament legitimated his accession to the throne.
  2. to establish as lawfully born: His bastard children were afterward legitimated by law.
  3. to show or declare to be legitimate or proper: He was under obligation to legitimate his commission.
  4. to justify; sanction or authorize: His behavior was legitimated by custom.
  1. the legitimate theater or drama.
  2. a person who is established as being legitimate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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