legitimate

Something legitimate is the real deal — according to the law.

Legitimate has other variations of meaning. To legitimate something is to make it legal, either by passing a law or publicly recognizing it as in accordance with the law. A government can be legitimized by being invited to world talks, or a movie by winning a prestigious award.

Primary Meanings of legitimate

1.
adjv
in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles
show or affirm to be just and legitimate
2.
adjv
authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
make legal
Full Definitions of legitimate
1

adj in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles

legitimate advertising practices”
Synonyms:
constituted, established
brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established

adj based on known statements or events or conditions

Synonyms:
logical
valid
well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force

v show or affirm to be just and legitimate

Type of:
justify, vindicate
show to be right by providing justification or proof
2

adj authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

“a legitimate government”
Synonyms:
lawful, licit
legal
established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules

adj of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful

Synonyms:
authorised, authorized
endowed with authority
legal
established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
lawfully-begotten
born in wedlock; enjoying full filial rights
left-handed, morganatic
(of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior
lawful, rightful, true
having a legally established claim
valid
well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force
Antonyms:
illegitimate
of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful
unauthorised, unauthorized
not endowed with authority
illegal
prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
adulterine
conceived in adultery
base, baseborn
illegitimate
bastardly, misbegot, misbegotten, spurious
born out of wedlock
fatherless
not having a known or legally responsible father
left-handed
(of marriages) illicit or informal
unlawful, wrongful
having no legally established claim
invalid
having no cogency or legal force
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v make legal

Synonyms:
decriminalise, decriminalize, legalise, legalize, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize
Antonyms:
criminalise, criminalize, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw
declare illegal; outlaw
Types:
monetise, monetize
give legal value to or establish as the legal tender of a country
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)

Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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