Legitimate vs Legislate - What's the difference?

legitimate | legislate |


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.

legitimate

English

Etymology 1

From . Originally "lawfully begotten," from (etyl) legitimer and directly from

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • In accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful.
  • *
  • Conforming to known principles, or established or accepted rules or standards; valid.
  • legitimate''' reasoning; a '''legitimate standard or method
  • * (rfdate) Macaulay
  • Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate English classic.
  • Authentic, real, genuine.
  • legitimate''' poems of Chaucer; '''legitimate inscriptions
  • (senseid)Lawfully begotten, i.e., born to a legally married couple.
  • Relating to hereditary rights.
  • Synonyms
    (checksyns) * lawful, legal, rightful
    Antonyms
    * illegitimate, false

    Etymology 2

    Legal Latin, from legitimatus, past participle of (legitimo). See above for antecedents

    Verb

    (legitimat)
  • To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; especially, to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means.
  • Usage notes
    * 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.
    Synonyms
    * legitimize
    Derived terms
    * delegitimate

    legislate

    English

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • 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.

    Derived terms

    * legislation * legislative * legislator * legislature