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a. Being in compliance with the law; lawful: a legitimate business.
b. Being in accordance with established or accepted rules and standards: legitimate advertising practices.
c. Valid or justifiable: a legitimate complaint.
d. Based on logical reasoning: a legitimate deduction.
2. Born of legally married parents: legitimate offspring.
3. Of, relating to, or ruling by hereditary right: a legitimate monarch.
4. Of or relating to drama of high professional quality that excludes burlesque, vaudeville, and some forms of musical comedy: the legitimate theater.
tr.v. (-māt′) le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing, le·git·i·mates
To legitimize.

[Middle English legitimat, born in wedlock, from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus, law-worthy, past participle of lēgitimāre, to make lawful, from Latin lēgitimus, legitimate, from lēx, lēg-, law; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

le·git′i·mate·ly adv.
le·git′i·mate·ness n.
le·git′i·ma′tion n.
le·git′i·mat′or (-māt′ər) n.
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Adv.1.legitimately - in a manner acceptable to common custom; "you cannot do this legitimately!"
illegitimately, illicitly - in a manner disapproved or not allowed by custom; "He acted illegitimately when he increased the rent fourfold"
2.legitimately - in a lawfully recognized manner; "let's get married so our child can be born legitimately"
out of wedlock, illegitimately - of biological parents not married to each other; "this child was born illegitimately"
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[lɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪtlɪ] ADV
1. (= lawfully) → legítimamente
2. (= justifiably) [expect] → justificadamente
you could legitimately argue thatsería justo or estaría justificado argumentar que ...
he can legitimately claim to speak for all South Africanstiene sobradas razones para erigirse en portavoz de todos los sudafricanos
he has demanded, quite legitimately, thatha exigido, con toda la razón, que ...
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[lɪˈdʒɪtəmətli] adv
(within the law) [act, elect] → légitimement
legitimately elected → légitimement élu
The government has been legitimately elected by the people → Le gouvernement a été légitimement élu par le peuple.
(with good reason) [argue, claim] → légitimement
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adv (= lawfully)legitim; (= with reason)berechtigterweise, mit Recht; he argues, quite legitimately, that …er führt das berechtigte Argument an, dass …; it can legitimately be expected of people that …man kann mit Recht von den Leuten erwarten, dass …
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(liˈdʒitimət) adjective
1. lawful. Is this procedure perfectly legitimate?
2. (of a child) born to parents who are married to each other.
leˈgitimately adverb
leˈgitimacy noun
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References in classic literature ?
Nor, perhaps, will it fail to be eventually perceived, that behind those forms and usages, as it were, he sometimes masked himself; incidentally making use of them for other and more private ends than they were legitimately intended to subserve.
Those who have taken the lead in such a democracy have endeavoured to support it, and make the people powerful by collecting together as many persons as they could and giving them their freedom, not only legitimately but naturally born, and also if either of their parents were citizens, that is to say, if either their father or mother; and this method is better suited to this state than any other: and thus the demagogues have usually managed.
It was simply a question of preserving his credit by means which were legitimately at his disposal.
And therefore it would be correct to say that women are seeking duties, and quite legitimately. And one can but sympathize with this desire to assist in the general labor of man."
But I had no intention on that account of attempting to master all the particular sciences commonly denominated mathematics: but observing that, however different their objects, they all agree in considering only the various relations or proportions subsisting among those objects, I thought it best for my purpose to consider these proportions in the most general form possible, without referring them to any objects in particular, except such as would most facilitate the knowledge of them, and without by any means restricting them to these, that afterwards I might thus be the better able to apply them to every other class of objects to which they are legitimately applicable.
No crown of life is promised to the town of Smyrna and its commerce, but to the handful of Christians who formed its "church." If they were "faithful unto death," they have their crown now--but no amount of faithfulness and legal shrewdness combined could legitimately drag the city into a participation in the promises of the prophecy.
"I!" exclaimed Moliere, in the tone of a courageous dog, from which you snatch the bone it has legitimately gained; "I disturb myself!
Such an anthology, the compass and variety of our prose literature being considered, might well follow exclusively some special line of interest in it; exhibiting, for instance, what is so obviously striking, its imaginative power, or its (legitimately) poetic beauty, or again, its philosophical capacity.
Still, she reflected, these sorts of skill are almost exclusively masculine; women neither practice them nor know how to value them; and one's husband's proficiency in this direction might legitimately increase one's respect for him, since mystification is no bad basis for respect.
I am working hard to repay my brother for all his expenses on my account; not that there is the slightest necessity for anything of the kind, but it pleases me to do so: I shall have so much more pleasure in my labour, my earnings, my frugal fare, and household economy, when I know that I am paying my way honestly, and that what little I possess is legitimately all my own; and that no one suffers for my folly - in a pecuniary way at least.
After some conversation among these gentlemen, from which I might have supposed that there was nothing in the world to be legitimately taken into account but the supreme comfort of prisoners, at any expense, and nothing on the wide earth to be done outside prison-doors, we began our inspection.
Instead of legitimately extending telephone lines into communities that had none, these promoters proceeded to inflict the messy snarl of an overlapping system upon whatever cities would give them permission to do so.