Definition of legitimate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɪˈdʒɪtɪmət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪˈdʒɪtɪmət//
    Justice, Family background
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  1. 1for which there is a fair and acceptable reason synonym valid, justifiable a legitimate grievance It seemed a perfectly legitimate question. Politicians are legitimate targets for satire.
  2. 2allowed and acceptable according to the law synonym legal the legitimate government of the country Is his business strictly legitimate? opposite illegitimate See related entries: Justice
  3. 3(of a child) born when its parents are legally married to each other opposite illegitimate See related entries: Family background
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘born of parents lawfully married to each other’): from medieval Latin legitimatus ‘made legal’, from the verb legitimare, from Latin legitimus ‘lawful’, from lex, leg- ‘law’.Extra examples Parents’ concerns about the disease are quite legitimate. People have a legitimate expectation that their politicians should be honest. The court ruled that celebrities’ children were not a legitimate target for press intrusion. The legitimate government was reinstated after the uprising.
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