What is another word for legitimate?

Synonyms for legitimate
lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪt; -ˌmeɪtle·git·i·mate

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. legitimateadjective

    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, logicaladjective

    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. legitimateadjective

    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, licitverb

    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, legitimatiseverb

    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. legitimateverb

    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. legitimateverb

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. legitimateadjective

    legal, lawful, in accordance with law

  2. legitimateadjective

    born in wedlock, lawfully begotten

  3. legitimateadjective

    genuine, not spurious

  4. legitimateverb

    legalize, make legitimate

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  1. legitimateadjective



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  1. Eli Jackson:

    I don't see any legitimate change happening in the future. It sounds like they're hoping people won't pay attention to the language used and will just forget about it.

  2. Constantin Medien:

    We have used all legitimate opportunities available to a shareholder.

  3. Homeland Security spokeswoman Katie Waldman:

    We are working closely with our Mexican counterparts to confront rising border apprehension numbers -- specifically a 38 percent increase in families this month alone -- directly and to ensure that those with legitimate claims have access to appropriate protections.

  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. Mark Warner:

    The news that Facebook provided privileged access to Facebook's API to Chinese device makers like Huawei and TCL raises legitimate concerns, and I look forward to learning more about how Facebook ensured that information about their users was not sent to Chinese servers.

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