Meaning of legitimate

Definition of legitimate

(adj) of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
based on known statements or events or conditions; "rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year"
in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles; "legitimate advertising practices"
authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; "a legitimate government"
(verb) make legal; "Marijuana should be legalized"
show or affirm to be just and legitimate
make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone); "They legitimized their natural child"

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