legitimate legitimate  /lə ˈdʒɪ tə mət/


  1. (v) make legal
  2. (v) show or affirm to be just and legitimate
  3. (v) make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)
  4. (adj) of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
  5. (adj) based on known statements or events or conditions
  6. (adj) in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles
  7. (adj) authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law


  • However, some ballots uncounted by the machines are legitimate by any standard.


  1. Schafer stars in role as Braves' leadoff man

    Jordan Schafer stands as the only legitimate leadoff hitter on Atlanta's roster and he was placed in that role for a fourth straight game on Wednesday night. But manager Fredi Gonzalez will once again have to find ways to get Schafer in his lineup this weekend at Turner Field.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: Atlanta Braves

  2. Former pill mill owner testifies against doctors who worked at his clinics

    Doctors Cynthia Cadet and Joseph Castronuovo on trial in nine overdose deaths The man who set up several highly profitable South Florida pill mills testified Wednesday that he took many steps to try to make them look legitimate but that it was still pretty obvious that something illegal was going on.        
    on June 27, 2013     Source: Sun-Sentinel

  3. Los Angeles Dodgers Should Steer Clear of Miami Marlins Right-hander Ricky Nolasco

    COMMENTARY | The Los Angeles Dodgers, for some apparent reason, have legitimate interest in Miami Marlins' right-hander Ricky Nolasco. I understand the team doesn't want to rely on guys like Stephen Fife and Matt Magill, but Nolasco isn't the right guy to target.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports


  1. "There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions," Mr. Bush said. "But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil."
    on Jan 15, 2009 By: President Bush Source: New York Times

  2. "There are some legitimate philosophical differences with parts of my plan that the Republicans have, and I respect that," Mr Obama said. "In some cases they may just not be as familiar with what's in the package as I would like. I don't...
    on Jan 27, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: BBC News

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