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Definition of Legitimate
LegitimateLegitimate Le*git"i*mate (-m[asl]t), a. [LL. legitimatus, p.
p. of legitimare to legitimate, fr. L. legitimus legitimate.
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
2. Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
3. Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfeit, or
spurious; as, legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate
4. Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; as,
legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard, or method; a
legitimate combination of colors.
Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate
English classic. --Macaulay.
5. Following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a
legitimate result; a legitimate inference. LegitimateLegitimate Le*git"i*mate (-m[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Legitimated (-m[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Legitimating
To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put in the
position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by
legal means; as, to legitimate a bastard child.
To enact a statute of that which he dares not seem to
approve, even to legitimate vice. --Milton.
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