Legitimate vs Legislate - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between legitimate and legislate
is that 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 while legislate
is to pass laws (including the amending or repeal of existing laws).
As an adjective legitimate
is in accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful.
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.
To pass laws (including the amending or repeal of existing laws).
- ''If they can't get people to do the right thing by talking then they will try to legislate it, then they can try to enforce the statutes.