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Synonyms for legitimate
lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; -ˌmeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. legitimate(adj)

    of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful

    licit, logical, lawful

    unlawful, illegal, left-handed, fatherless, bastardly, wrongful, baseborn, invalid, unestablished, spurious, base, misbegot, adulterine, illegitimate, misbegotten

  2. legitimate, logical(adj)

    based on known statements or events or conditions

    "rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year"

    coherent, consistent, ordered, licit, lucid, logical, lawful

    misbegotten, unestablished, left-handed, unlawful, spurious, base, illegitimate, illegal, misbegot, bastardly, invalid, baseborn, adulterine, wrongful, fatherless

  3. legitimate(adj)

    in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles

    "legitimate advertising practices"

    licit, logical, lawful

    left-handed, illegal, base, unlawful, misbegot, wrongful, fatherless, adulterine, bastardly, spurious, misbegotten, baseborn, unestablished, invalid, illegitimate

  4. lawful, legitimate, licit(verb)

    authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

    "a legitimate government"

    rule-governed, lawful, licit, logical, rightful(a), true(a)

    base, fatherless, left-handed, baseborn, misbegot, wrongful, illegal, misbegotten, spurious, unlawful, adulterine, bastardly, illegitimate, unestablished, invalid

  5. legalize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimize, legitimise, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimatise(verb)

    make legal

    "Marijuana should be legalized"

    legitimize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimise, legalize, legitimatise, legitimatize

    illegal, misbegot, fatherless, illegitimate, adulterine, left-handed, unestablished, baseborn, base, unlawful, invalid, spurious, misbegotten, wrongful, bastardly

  6. legitimate(verb)

    show or affirm to be just and legitimate

    legitimize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimise, legalize, legitimatise, legitimatize

    illegitimate, base, misbegot, invalid, fatherless, spurious, baseborn, misbegotten, wrongful, illegal, left-handed, bastardly, unlawful, unestablished, adulterine

  7. legitimate(verb)

    make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)

    "They legitimized their natural child"

    legitimize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimise, legalize, legitimatise, legitimatize

    misbegotten, baseborn, fatherless, misbegot, illegitimate, spurious, wrongful, unestablished, adulterine, illegal, left-handed, unlawful, bastardly, invalid, base

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. legitimate

    That is authentic which is true to the facts; that is genuine which is true to its own claims; as, authentic history; genuine money.

    A 'genuine' work is one written by the author whose name it bears; an 'authentic' work is one which relates truthfully the matters of which it treats. For example, the apocryphal Gospel of St. Thomas is neither 'genuine' nor 'authentic.' It is not 'genuine,' for St. Thomas did not write it; it is not 'authentic,' for its contents are mainly fables and lies.

    Trench On the Study of Words lect. vi, p. 189. [W. J. Widdleton]

    Authentic is, however, used by reputable writers as synonymous with genuine, tho usually where genuineness carries a certain authority. We speak of accepted conclusions, certain evidence, current money, genuine letters, a legitimate conclusion or legitimate authority, original manuscripts, real value, received interpretation, sure proof, a true statement, a trustworthy witness, a veritable discovery.

    accepted, accredited, authentic, authoritative, authorized, certain, current, genuine, original, real, received, reliable, sure, true, trustworthy, veritable

    apocryphal, baseless, counterfeit, disputed, exploded, fabulous, false, fictitious, spurious, unauthorized

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. legitimate

    allowable, normal, fair, licit, real, genuine, fairly deduced, lawfully begotten

    illegitimate, unallowable, unfair, illicit

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. legitimate(a.)

    legal, lawful, in accordance with law

  2. legitimate(a.)

    born in wedlock, lawfully begotten

  3. legitimate(a.)

    genuine, not spurious

  4. legitimate(v. a.)

    legalize, make legitimate

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. legitimate(a)



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  1. State John Kerry:

    I am also confident that the recent changes in visa requirements passed in Congress, which the Administration has the authority to waive, will not in any way prevent us from meeting our [ nuclear deal ] commitments, and that we will implement Top Tehran officials so as not to interfere with legitimate business interests of Iran.

  2. Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis:

    I regret that today Mews have rejected the proposal. I feel this is a lost opportunity to give a concrete answer to a legitimate concern of European citizens.

  3. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore:

    We're sending a message to the other people in the Middle East who have been traditionally our allies and are telling them that in 15 years, at the very least, that Iraq's (sic) going to be a legitimate nuclear state.

  4. Amikam Norkin:

    This is an opportunity for us to open a window for many countries to see Israel, its views, its history, its aerial capabilities, its military capabilities, and the high quality of its people, these new relationships will assist us in establishing our strategic infrastructure. They will improve Israel's strategic standing and its ability to operate in a legitimate manner, even during a crisis.

  5. Max Stier:

    Questions about the policy landscape are entirely legitimate, it’s a different kettle of fish.

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