In accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful. (adjective)
Conforming to known principles, or established or accepted rules or standards; valid. (adjective)
Authentic, real, genuine. (adjective)
Lawfully begotten, i.e., born to a legally married couple. (adjective)
Relating to hereditary rights. (adjective)
To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; especially, to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means. (verb)
Examples of word legitimate
In English, the word "legitimate" comes from the Latin word legere meaning to read.
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In Rucker, this court found that the term legitimate purpose, when read in conjunction with the rest of the 1995 criminal stalking statute, did not require a person of common intelligence to guess as to its meaning.
He added that Gbagbo's forces will use what he called their legitimate right of defense.
Mr. Ouattara says it is lamentable that after all these mediations, everyone realizes that the only solution is to make Mr. Gbagbo leave with other measures, including what he calls legitimate force.