legitimates, legitimating, legitimated
(The adjective is pronounced [[t]lɪʤɪ̱tɪmət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]lɪʤɪ̱tɪmeɪt[/t]].)
1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is legitimate is acceptable according to the law.

The French government has condemned the coup in Haiti and has demanded the restoration of the legitimate government...

The government will not seek to disrupt the legitimate business activities of the defendant.

Derived words:
legitimacy [[t]lɪʤɪ̱tɪmɪsi[/t]] N-UNCOUNT usu with supp

The opposition parties do not recognise the political legitimacy of his government.

legitimately ADV-GRADED ADV with v

The government has been legitimately elected by the people.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you say that something such as a feeling or claim is legitimate, you think that it is reasonable and justified.

That's a perfectly legitimate fear...

The New York Times has a legitimate claim to be a national newspaper.

Derived words:
legitimacy N-UNCOUNT usu with supp

Sampras beat Carl-Uwe Steeb by 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 to underline the legitimacy of his challenge for the title.

legitimately ADV-GRADED ADV with v

They could quarrel quite legitimately with some of my choices.

3) ADJ A legitimate child is one whose parents were married before he or she was born.

We only married in order that the child should be legitimate.

4) VERB To legitimate something means the same as to legitimize it. [FORMAL]

[V n] We want to legitimate this process by passing a law.

Derived words:
legitimation [[t]lɪʤɪ̱tɪme͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

...the legitimation of state constitutions.

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