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legitimate (justify)

Definition:

to show or affirm to be just and legitimate

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Related to:

legitimation

Past tense:

legitimated

Present participle:

legitimating

3rd-person singular present:

legitimates

Type of:

justify » uphold » confirm » affirm

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"having the status of one lawfully begotten", from Medieval Latin legitimatus,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of legitimate...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimacy [derived] | legitimateness [noun, derived]

born in lawful wedlock; enjoying full filial rights | conforming to established standards of usage, behaviour, etc | based on correct or acceptable ... (21 of 499 words, 8 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/legitimate

Merriam-Webster:

legitimate [entry 1, adjective] | licit [slang] | legitimatize [legitimate] | legitimatized [legitimate, past tense] | legitimatizing [legitimate, present participle] | lawful [synonym, sense-specific] | legit [slang, synonym, sense-specific] | legal [synonym, sense-specific] | illegal [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

lawfully begotten ; specifically, born in wedlock ; having full filial rights and obligations by birth | being exactly as purposed; neither spurious ... (22 of 321 words, 5 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/legitimate

legitimate [entry 2, verb] | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle] | legitimation [noun, related] | legitimator [noun, related]

to make (someone or something) legitimate (see "legitimate" [entry 1]): to give legal status or authorization to ; to show or affirm to be justified ; ... (26 of 192 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/legitimate show=1

Random House Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle] | the legitimate [sense-specific]

according to law; lawful. | in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards. | born in wedlock or of legally married parents. | in ... (21 of 194 words, 14 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/legitimate

Oxford Dictionary:

legitimate | valid [synonym, sense-specific] | legitimately [derived] | legitimation [derived] | legitimatization [derived] | legitimatize [derived]

conforming to the law or to rules | (of a child) born of parents lawfully married to each other | (of a sovereign) having a title based on strict ... (27 of 169 words, 6 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/legitimate

American Heritage Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle] | legitimates [3rd-person singular present] | legitimatize | legitimatized [past tense] | legitimatizing [present participle] | legitimatizes [3rd-person singular present] | legitimize [3rd-person singular present] | ...

Being in compliance with the law; lawful | Being in accordance with established or accepted patterns and standards | Based on logical reasoning; ... (21 of 166 words, 11 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/legitimate

New World Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle] | legitimately [adverb, related] | legitimation [noun, related]

conceived or born of parents legally married to each other | sanctioned by law or custom; lawful ; conforming to or abiding by the law | ruling by the ... (27 of 99 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/legitimate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimately [adverb, related]

fair and reasonable | allowed by the law, or correct according to the law | a legitimate child is born to parents who are legally married (24 of 89 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/legitimate

Wiktionary:

legitimate | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle] | legitimates [3rd-person singular present] | lawful [synonym, sense-specific] | legal [synonym, sense-specific] | rightful [synonym, sense-specific] | legitimize [synonym, sense-specific] | illegitimate [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

In accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful. | Conforming to known principles, or established or accepted rules or standards; valid. | Authentic, real, genuine. | Lawfully begotten, i.e., born to a legally married ... (35 of 87 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/legitimate

Wikipedia:

Legitimacy [disambiguation]

from the Latin word legitimare, may refer to: Legitimacy (law) | Legitimacy of standards | Legitimacy (political) | Legitimate expectation | Legitimate peripheral participation | Legitimate theater | Legitimation | Legit (disambiguation) (25 of 80 words, 8 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Legitimacy

Cambridge Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimately [adverb, derived]

allowed by law | reasonable and acceptable | A legitimate child is one whose parents are legally married at the time of his or her birth. (24 of 64 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/legitimate

Columbia Encyclopedia:

legitimation

act of giving the status of legitimacy to a child whose parents were not married at the time the child was born. This is generally accomplished by the ... (28 of 115 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0829290​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle] | legitimates [3rd-person singular present] | legitimatize [law, sense-specific] | legitimatized [law, sense-specific, past tense] | legitimatizing [law, sense-specific, present participle] | legitimatizes [law, sense-specific, 3rd-person singular present] | legitimize [sense-specific] | ...

complying with the law, or having official status defined by law | complying with recognized rules, standards, or traditions | well reasoned and ... (21 of 190 words, 7 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696090​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

legitimate

First use: late 15th century

Origin: "having the status of one lawfully begotten", from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare "make lawful, declare to be ... (23 of 48 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=legitimate

Oxford Dictionary:

legitimate

Origin: late Middle English (in the sense 'born of parents lawfully married to each other'): from medieval Latin legitimatus "made legal", from the ... (22 of 32 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/legitimate

American Heritage Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle] | legitimates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English legitimat, born in wedlock, from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus, law-worthy, past participle of ... (14 of 31 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/legitimate

New World Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle]

Origin: Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare, to make lawful from Latin legitimus, lawful from lex: see "legal"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/legitimate

Collins Dictionary:

legitimate

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus made legal, from lēx law

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/legitimate

Wiktionary:

legitimate | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle] | legitimates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Late Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare 'to make legal'.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/legitimate

Merriam-Webster:

legitimate [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English legitimat, from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare to legitimate, from Latin ... (17 of 23 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/legitimate

Encarta Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle] | legitimates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 15th century

Origin: medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare "make legal" from Latin legitimus "lawful" from lex "law"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696090​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

legitimate

Audio: British English pronunciation of "legitimate"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

legitimate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "legitimate"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

legitimate

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "legitimate"

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the Free Dictionary:

legitimate

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Google Dictionary:

legitimate | legitimated [past tense] | legitimating [present participle] | legitimates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio 1: English pronunciation of "legitimate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

legitimate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "legitimate"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=legiti​02 word=legitimate

legitimate

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YourDictionary Audio:

legitimate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "legitimate" by speech synthesizer

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