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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

    Synonyms:
    licit, logical, lawful

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    licit, logical, lawful

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    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

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    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.

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. legitimate

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

    Antonyms:
    illegitimate, unallowable, unfair, illicit

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. legitimate(a.)

    Synonyms:
    legal, lawful, in accordance with law

  2. legitimate(a.)

    Synonyms:
    born in wedlock, lawfully begotten

  3. legitimate(a.)

    Synonyms:
    genuine, not spurious

  4. legitimate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    legalize, make legitimate

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. legitimate(a)

    Synonyms:
    lawful

    Antonyms:
    illegitimate

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How to use legitimate in a sentence?

  1. Yohanan Plesner:

    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.

  2. Unknown:

    Feelings are real and legitimate; children behave and misbehave for a reason, even if adults cannot figure it out.

  3. Craig Wood:

    Prayer is a legitimate expression. Certainly it’s not prohibited by the First Amendment but protected.

  4. President Francois Hollande:

    It's quite legitimate that France should make good for a number of consequences, whether social, health-related or economic.

  5. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    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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