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English adjective: legitimate

1. legitimate of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful

Similarlawful, lawfully-begotten, left-handed, morganatic, rightful, true

See alsoauthorised, authorized, legal, valid


2. legitimate based on known statements or events or conditions

SamplesRain was a logical expectation, given the time of year.




3. legitimate in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles

SamplesLegitimate advertising practices.

Similarconstituted, established


4. legitimate authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

SamplesA legitimate government.

Synonymslawful, licit



English verb: legitimate

1. legitimate (social) make legal

SamplesMarijuana should be legalized.

Synonymsdecriminalise, decriminalize, legalise, legalize, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)allow, countenance, let, permit

Narrower (hyponym)monetise, monetize

Antonymscriminalise, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw, criminalize

2. legitimate (communication) show or affirm to be just and legitimate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)justify, vindicate

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

SamplesThey legitimized their natural child.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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