- The definition of legitimate is within the rules, correct or accepted as proper. It also refers to a person whose parents are married when he or she is born.
- An example of a legitimate idea is one that is accepted and that scientists can prove.
- An example of a legitimate child is someone born to married parents.
legitimate definition by Webster's New World
- conceived or born of parents legally married to each other
- sanctioned by law or custom; lawful: a legitimate claim
- conforming to or abiding by the law
- ruling by the rights of heredity: a legitimate king
- reasonable; logically correct: a legitimate inference
- justifiable or justified
- conforming to or in accordance with established rules, standards, principles
- Theater designating or of professionally produced stage plays, as distinguished from films, vaudeville, etc.
Origin: Midieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare, to make lawful ; from Classical Latin legitimus, lawful ; from lex: see legal
legitimate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Being in compliance with the law; lawful: a legitimate business.
- Being in accordance with established or accepted patterns and standards: legitimate advertising practices.
- Based on logical reasoning; reasonable: a legitimate solution to the problem.
- Authentic; genuine: a legitimate complaint.
- Born of legally married parents: legitimate issue.
- Of, relating to, or ruling by hereditary right: a legitimate monarch.
- Of or relating to drama of high professional quality that excludes burlesque, vaudeville, and some forms of musical comedy: the legitimate theater.
Origin: 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·gitˈi·mate·ly adverb
- le·gitˈi·mate·ness noun
- le·gitˌi·maˈtion noun
- le·gitˈi·matˌor noun