legitimize(redirected from legitimised)
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tr.v. le·git·i·mized, le·git·i·miz·ing, le·git·i·miz·es
To make legitimate, as:
a. To give legal force or status to; make lawful.
b. To sanction formally or officially; authorize.
c. To demonstrate or declare to be justified.
le·git′i·mi·za′tion (-mĭ-zā′shən) n.
(Law) (tr) to make legitimate; legalize
leˌgitimiˈzation, leˌgitimiˈsation, leˌgitimatiˈzation, leˌgitimatiˈsation n
le•git•i•mate(adj., n. lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; v. -ˌmeɪt)
adj., v. -mat•ed, -mat•ing,
1. according to law; lawful: the property's legitimate owner.
2. in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards.
3. born of legally married parents: legitimate children.
4. in accordance with the laws of reasoning; valid; logical: a legitimate conclusion.
5. resting on or ruling by the principle of hereditary right: a legitimate sovereign.
6. justified; genuine: a legitimate complaint.
7. of the normal or regular type or kind.
8. of or pertaining to professionally produced stage plays, as distinguished from burlesque, vaudeville, etc.v.t.
9. to make lawful or legal; pronounce as lawful: Parliament legitimated her accession to the throne.
10. to confer legitimacy upon (a bastard).
11. to show or declare to be legitimate or proper.
12. to justify; sanction or authorize.n.
13. a person who is established as being legitimate.
[1485–95; < Medieval Latin lēgitimātus, past participle of lēgitimāre to make lawful, derivative of Latin lēgitimus lawful, legal <lēg-, s. of lēx law]
Past participle: legitimized
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|Verb||1.||legitimize - make legal; "Marijuana should be legalized"|
decriminalise, decriminalize, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise
countenance, permit, allow, let - consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"