of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
based on known statements or events or conditions
"rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year"
in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles
"legitimate advertising practices"
lawful, legitimate, licit(verb)
authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
"a legitimate government"
legalize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimize, legitimise, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimatise(verb)
"Marijuana should be legalized"
show or affirm to be just and legitimate
make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)
"They legitimized their natural child"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
TrenchOn 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.
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How to use legitimate in a sentence?
There are now, as a result of this unification, two, I would say, legitimate major parties ... (but) its not a done deal, i think Netanyahu is still more likely to win and to emerge as prime minister at the end of this election campaign, but it is a competitive race.
Feelings are real and legitimate; children behave and misbehave for a reason, even if adults cannot figure it out.
Prayer is a legitimate expression. Certainly it’s not prohibited by the First Amendment but protected.
It's quite legitimate that France should make good for a number of consequences, whether social, health-related or economic.
If the putschist Haftar's attacks against the people and legitimate government of Libya continue, we will never refrain from teaching him the lesson he deserves, it is our duty to protect our kin in Libya.
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- legítimCatalan, Valencian
- gültig, legitimGerman
- dligheachScottish Gaelic
- īstens, īstsLatvian
- легитимный, законный, законнорождённый, правильный, настоящий, действительный, легальныйRussian
- legitim, lagenlig, laglig, inomäktenskaplig, legalSwedish
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