As an adjective legitimate
is in accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful.
As a verb legitimate
is to make legitimate, lawful, or valid; especially, to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means.
As a noun jacobinism is
the principles of the jacobins; violent opposition to legitimate government.
Originally "lawfully begotten," from (etyl) legitimer and directly from
In accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful.
Conforming to known principles, or established or accepted rules or standards; valid.
* (rfdate) Macaulay
- legitimate''' reasoning; a '''legitimate standard or method
Authentic, real, genuine.
- Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate English classic.
(senseid)Lawfully begotten, i.e., born to a legally married couple.
Relating to hereditary rights.
- legitimate''' poems of Chaucer; '''legitimate inscriptions
* lawful, legal, rightful
* illegitimate, false
Legal Latin, from legitimatus, past participle of (legitimo). See above for antecedents
To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; especially, to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means.
* Forms of (legitimize) are about twice as common as forms of the verb legitimate in the US.
* Forms of legitimate are somewhat more common than the forms of the verbs (legitimize) and (legitimise) in the UK combined.
The principles of the Jacobins; violent opposition to legitimate government.
- Under this new stimulus, Burn's previous Jacobitism passed towards the opposite, but not very distant, extreme of Jacobinism . — J. C. Shairp.