• (adjective) IPA: /lɪˈdʒɪtɪmət/, /ləˈdʒɪtɪmət/
  • (verb) IPA: /ləˈdʒɪtɪmeɪt/


  1. In accordance with the law or established legal forms and requirements.
    Synonyms: lawful, legal
    Antonyms: illegitimate
  2. Conforming to known principles, or established or accepted rules or standards; valid.
    legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard or method
    • Macaulay
      Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate English classic.
  3. Authentic, real, genuine.
    Antonyms: illegitimate
    Antonyms: false
    legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions
  4. Lawfully begotten, i.e., born to a legally married couple. [from mid-14th century]
    Synonyms: rightful
    Antonyms: illegitimate
  5. Relating to hereditary rights.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: законнорождённый
  • Spanish: legítimo
Translations Noun

legitimate (plural legitimates)

  1. A person born to a legally married couple.
Antonyms Verb

legitimate (legitimates, present participle legitimating; past and past participle legitimated)

  1. (transitive) To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; especially, to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means. [from 1590]

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