legitimate




Something legitimate is the real deal — according to the law.

Legitimate has other variations of meaning. To legitimate something is to make it legal, either by passing a law or publicly recognizing it as in accordance with the law. A government can be legitimized by being invited to world talks, or a movie by winning a prestigious award.

Definitions of legitimate
  1. adjective

    in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles

    legitimate advertising practices”
    Synonyms:

    constituted, established

    brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established
  2. adjective

    based on known statements or events or conditions

    synonyms:
    logical

    valid

    well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force
  3. verb

    show or affirm to be just and legitimate

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    type of:

    justify, vindicate

    show to be right by providing justification or proof

  4. adjective

    authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

    “a
    legitimate government”
    synonyms:
    lawful, licit

    legal

    established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
  5. adjective

    of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful

    Synonyms:

    authorised, authorized

    endowed with authority
    legal

    established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
    lawfully-begotten

    born in wedlock; enjoying full filial rights
    left-handed, morganatic

    (of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior
    lawful, rightful, true

    having a legally established claim
    valid

    well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force
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    Antonyms:

    illegitimate

    of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful
    unauthorised, unauthorized

    not endowed with authority
    illegal

    prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
    adulterine

    conceived in adultery
    base, baseborn

    illegitimate
    bastardly, misbegot, misbegotten, spurious

    born out of wedlock
    fatherless

    not having a known or legally responsible father
    left-handed

    (of marriages) illicit or informal
    unlawful, wrongful

    having no legally established claim
    invalid

    having no cogency or legal force
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  6. verb

    make legal

    synonyms:
    decriminalise, decriminalize, legalise, legalize, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize
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    Antonyms:

    criminalise, criminalize, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw

    declare illegal; outlaw
    types:

    monetise, monetize

    give legal value to or establish as the legal tender of a country
    type of:

    allow, countenance, let, permit

    consent to, give permission

  7. verb

    make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)

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    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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