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Definition of "legitimate" []

  • Being in compliance with the law; lawful: a legitimate business. (adjective)
  • Being in accordance with established or accepted patterns and standards: legitimate advertising practices. (adjective)
  • Based on logical reasoning; reasonable: a legitimate solution to the problem. (adjective)
  • Authentic; genuine: a legitimate complaint. (adjective)
  • Born of legally married parents: legitimate issue. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "legitimate" in a sentence
  • "In English, the word "legitimate" comes from the Latin word legere meaning to read."
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  • "In Rucker, this court found that the term legitimate purpose, when read in conjunction with the rest of the 1995 criminal stalking statute, did not require a person of common intelligence to guess as to its meaning."