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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.

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