American English

Definition of legitimate adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1for which there is a fair and acceptable reason synonym justifiable, valid a legitimate grievance It seemed like 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
  3. 3(of a child) born when its parents are legally married to each other opposite illegitimate
noun [uncountable] the dubious legitimacy of her argument I intend to challenge the legitimacy of his claim.
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adverb She can now legitimately claim to be the best in the world.
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