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Definition 1: make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone) - [verb of change]

Samples where legitimate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They legitimized their natural child

(legitimate is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 2: show or affirm to be just and legitimate - [verb of communication]

(legitimate is a kind of ...) show to be right by providing justification or proof

"vindicate a claim"

Samples where legitimate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Marijuana should be legalized

Synonyms for legitimate in the sense of this definition

(legitimate is a kind of ...) consent to, give permission

"She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband" "I won't let the police search her basement" "I cannot allow you to see your exam"

(... is a kind of legitimate ) give legal value to or establish as the legal tender of a country

"They monetized the lira"

Definition 4: of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful - [adjective denoting all]

(legitimate is similar to ...) born in wedlock; enjoying full filial rights

(legitimate is similar to ...) (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

(legitimate is similar to ...) having a legally established claim

"the legitimate heir" "the true and lawful king"

(means also ...) endowed with authority

(means also ...) established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules

(means also ...) well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force

"a valid inference" "a valid argument" "a valid contract"

Definition 5: in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where legitimate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • legitimate advertising practices

(legitimate is similar to ...) brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established

"the established social order" "distrust the constituted authority" "a team established as a member of a major league" "enjoyed his prestige as an established writer" "an established precedent" "the established Church"

Definition 6: authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where legitimate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a legitimate government

Synonyms for legitimate in the sense of this definition

(legitimate is similar to ...) established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules

Definition 7: based on known statements or events or conditions - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where legitimate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year

Synonyms for legitimate in the sense of this definition

(legitimate is similar to ...) well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force

"a valid inference" "a valid argument" "a valid contract"

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