legitimate

[ adjective, noun li-jit-uh-mit; verb li-jit-uh-meyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF legitimate
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That, at least, is a legitimate inference to draw from the history of life on this planet.

It was late autumn; the legitimate racing season had closed.

At all events, it is a legitimate induction from materialistic premises.

They looked upon him as legitimate prey, and as legitimate prey he looked upon them.

No end of possibilities lie in the neck—even the "legitimate."

It is a law of that fellowship that what is right and legitimate for me is right and legitimate for the other fellow also.

Clementi may be considered the first legitimate writer for the piano.

Yet strangeness is not to be considered as a legitimate source of pleasure.

The legitimate Gods in his Pantheon are always in the wrong.

You must be patient and wait until you get a legitimate chance.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "lawfully begotten," from Middle French legitimer and directly from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare "make lawful, declare to be lawful," from Latin legitimus "lawful," originally "fixed by law, in line with the law," from lex (genitive legis) "law" (see legal). Transferred sense of "genuine, real" is attested from 1550s. Related: Legitimately.

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