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Legitimate

To make lawful, such as when a child is born prior to the parents' marriage and they subsequently wed and thereby confer upon the child the same legal status as those born in lawful wedlock.

That which is lawful, legal, recognized by law, or in accordance with law, such as legitimate children or legitimate authority; real, valid, or genuine.

Cross-references

Illegitimacy.

legitimate

adj., adv.: 1) legal, proper, real. 2) referring to a child born to parents who are married. A baby born to parents who are not married is illegitimate, but can be made legitimate (legitimatized) by the subsequent marriage of the parents. 3) v. to make proper and/or legal.

legitimate

(Lawfully conceived), adjective born in wedlock, born of parents legally married, conceived of parrnts legally married, natural, of lawful parentage, sired in wedlock
Associated concepts: legitimate issue

legitimate

(Rightful), adjective according to law, allowed, authorized, constitutional, enacted, genuine, in accordance with law, in accordance with legal provisions, juristic, law-abiding, lawful, legal, legalized, legislated, licit, mandated, official, real, recognized by law, rightful, sanctioned, sanctioned by custom, sanctioned by law, sanctioned by legal authority, sound, statutable, valid, well-founded, well-grounded, within the law
Associated concepts: legitimate business, legitimate heirs, legitimate purpose, legitimate title

legitimate

verb approve, authorize, certify, declare lawful, legalize, legitimatize, make lawful, make legal, make legitimate, sanction, validate
See also: admissible, allowable, allowed, authentic, authorize, bona fide, choate lien, constitute, correct, de jure, due, establish, ethical, fit, formalize, genuine, honest, justifiable, justify, lawful, legal, legalize, licit, official, permissible, plausible, proper, rational, real, regular, reliable, right, rightful, sanction, sane, scrupulous, sound, straightforward, tenable, true, upright, valid, veridical, viable, well-grounded

legitimate

authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law.

LEGITIMATE. That which is according to law; as, legitimate children, are lawful children, born in wedlock, in contradistinction to bastards; legitimate authority, or lawful power, in opposition to usurpation.

References in classic literature ?
The more merciful and Christian law of other countries, which allows the marriage of the parents to make the children legitimate, has no mercy on these children.
It is true, that this license is confined in either case within legitimate bounds.
The main object of these companies was not, like that of the Western Union, to do a legitimate telephone business, but to sell stock to the public.
Even in our own country there are still philosophers who deny the principles asserted in the Declaration, as self-evident truths--who deny the natural equality and inalienable rights of man--who deny that the people are the only legitimate source of power--who deny that all just powers of government are derived from the consent of the governed.
That is impossible," said Don Quixote: "I say it is impossible that there could be a knight-errant without a lady, because to such it is as natural and proper to be in love as to the heavens to have stars: most certainly no history has been seen in which there is to be found a knight-errant without an amour, and for the simple reason that without one he would be held no legitimate knight but a bastard, and one who had gained entrance into the stronghold of the said knighthood, not by the door, but over the wall like a thief and a robber.
It will be well if they are not able to counteract its legitimate and necessary authority.
What degree of agency these reputed lawgivers might have in their respective establishments, or how far they might be clothed with the legitimate authority of the people, cannot in every instance be ascertained.
Surely there is something odd and fantastic in three rivalries silently encompassing a woman who never guessed their existence, in spite of an eager and legitimate desire to be married.
Yet before I proceed to my legitimate subject some few final remarks will no doubt be expected by my Readers upon those pillars and mainstays of the Constitution of Flatland, the controllers of our conduct and shapers of our destiny, the objects of universal homage and almost of adoration: need I say that I mean our Circles or Priests?
You know the direct, legitimate fruit of consciousness is inertia, that is, conscious sitting-with-the-hands-folded.
Perhaps you had a spy at your heels; and your visit, if it should ever be known to the cardinal, will thus seem legitimate.
The miraculous return of Napoleon has conquered me, the legitimate monarch is he who is loved by his people.