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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


Antonymsillegitimate

2. legitimate based on known statements or events or conditions


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


Synonymslogical


Similarvalid


Antonymsinvalid

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


SamplesLegitimate advertising practices.


Similarconstituted, established


Antonymsunestablished

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


SamplesA legitimate government.


Synonymslawful, licit


Similarlegal


Antonymsillegal


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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