Legitimate

Definition of Legitimate

Le`git´i`mate   Pronunciation: ~māt
a.1.Accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements; lawful; as, legitimate government; legitimate rights; the legitimate succession to the throne; a legitimate proceeding of an officer; a legitimate heir.
2.Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
3.Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfe`t, or spurious; as,$legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions.
4.Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; as, legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard, or method; a legitimate combination of colors.
Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate English classic.
- Macaulay.
5.Following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a legitimate result; a legitimate inference.
v. t.1.To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means; as, to legitimate a bastard child.
[imp. & p. p. Legitimated (-mā`tĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Legitimating (-mā`tĭng).]
To enact a statute of that which he dares not seem to approve, even to legitimate vice.
- Milton.

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