legitimate
le·git·i·mate 1 /lə-'ji-tə-mət/ adj [Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare to give legal status to, from Latin legitimus legally sanctioned, from leg-, lex law]
1: conceived or born of parents lawfully married to each other or having been made through legal procedure equal in status to one so conceived or born; also: having rights and obligations under the law as the child of such birth
2: being neither spurious nor false
a legitimate grievance
3: being in accordance with law or with established legal forms and requirements
a legitimate government
4: conforming to recognized principles or accepted rules and standards
a legitimate claim of entitlement
a legitimate business reason
le·git·i·mate·ly adv
le·git·i·mate 2 /lə-'ji-tə-ˌmāt/ vt -mat·ed, -mat·ing: to make legitimate: as
a: to give legal status or authorization to
b: to show or affirm to be justified or have merit
c: to put (an illegitimate child) in the state of a child born of married parents before the law by legal means compare filiate
le·git·i·ma·tion /lə-ˌji-tə-'mā-shən/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

legitimate
I (lawfully conceived) adjective born in wedlock, born of parents legally married, conceived of parents legally married, natural, of lawful parentage, sired in wedlock associated concepts: legitimate issue II (rightful) adjective according to law, allowed, authorized, constitutional, enacted, genuine, in accordance with law, in accordance with legal provisions, juristic, law-abiding, lawful, legal, legalized, legislated, licensed, licit, mandated, official, real, recognized by law, rightful, sanctioned, sanctioned by custom, sanctioned by law, sanctioned by legal authority, sound, statutable, statutory, valid, well-founded, well-grounded, within the law associated concepts: legitimate business, legitimate heirs, legitimate purpose, legitimate title III verb approve, authorize, certify, declare lawful, legalize, legitimatize, make lawful, make legal, make legitimate, sanction, validate IV index admissible, allowable, allowed, authentic, authorize, bona fide, choate lien, constitute (establish), de jure, due (regular), ethical, fit, formalize, genuine, honest, justifiable, justify, lawful, legal, legalize, licit, official, permissible, plausible, proper, rational, real, reliable, right (correct), rightful, sanction, sane, scrupulous, sound, straightforward, tenable, true (authentic), upright, valid, veridical, viable, well-grounded

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


legitimate
1) Legal, proper, or real.
2) A child born to parents who are married.
Category: Divorce & Family Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


legitimate
To make lawful, such as when a child is born prior to the parents' marriage and they subsequently wed and thereby confer upon the child the same legal status as those born in lawful wedlock.
That which is lawful, legal, recognized by law, or in accordance with law, such as legitimate children or legitimate authority; real, valid, or genuine.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


legitimate
I
To make lawful, such as when a child is born prior to the parents' marriage and they subsequently wed and thereby confer upon the child the same legal status as those born in lawful wedlock.
 
That which is lawful, legal, recognized by law, or in accordance with law, such as legitimate children or legitimate authority; real, valid, or genuine.
II That which is legal, lawful, recognized by law or according to law.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

legitimate
adj., adv.
   1) legal, proper, real.
   2) referring to a child born to parents who are married. A baby born to parents who are not married is illegitimate, but can be made legitimate (legitimatized) by the subsequent marriage of the parents.
   3) v. to make proper and/or legal.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Legitimate — Le*git i*mate ( m[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Legitimated} ( m[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Legitimating} ( m[=a] t[i^]ng).] To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • legitimate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English legitimat, from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare to legitimate, from Latin legitimus legitimate, from leg , lex law Date: 15th century 1. a. lawfully begotten; specifically born in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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