Legitimate vs Plausible - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between legitimate and plausible
is that legitimate
is in accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements; lawful while plausible
is seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse.
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.
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.
Seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible: a plausible excuse.
Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious.
- In short, the twin assumptions that syntactic rules are category-based, and that there are a highly restricted finite set of categories in any natural language (perhaps no more than a dozen major categories), together with the assumption that the child either knows'' (innately) or ''learns (by experience) that all rules are structure-dependent ( =category-based), provide a highly plausible model of language acquisition, in which languages become learnable in a relatively short, finite period of time (a few years).
Using specious arguments or discourse. (rfv-sense)
- a plausible''' pretext; '''plausible''' manners; a '''plausible delusion
(obsolete) Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready.
- a plausible speaker
- (Bishop Hacket)