legitimately legitimately  /lə ˈdʒɪ tə mət li/


  1. (adv) in a manner acceptable to common custom
  2. (adv) in a lawfully recognized manner




  1. Carole Bayer Sager's words are legitimately sexy, while the music by Marvin Hamlisch uses every clich in the composer's arsenal to build to a syrupy but irresistible coda.
  2. There is usually a little something to the accusation but not enough to make it legitimately matter.
  3. There's still reason for optimism: a four-month string of increases is starting to get to the point at which one can legitimately call the trend significant.


  1. UFC 161 Results: Round-by-Round Recap and Analysis for Nelson vs. Miocic

    UFC 161 's co-main event, a heavyweight tilt between fan favorite and on-again, off-again title contender Roy Nelson and striker Stipe Miocic , is a matchup nobody wanted, really. Nelson is in desperate need of a fight that advances him toward a title shot, as he is the proud owner of the UFC heavyweight division's longest active winning streak. Miocic , meanwhile, is a legitimately skilled ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  2. Dwyane Wade Declares He Is Still Relevant, Leads Heat Into Tie With Spurs in NBA Finals

    At some point, Dwyane Wade was going to have a game like this. He was not going to limp away in these NBA Finals the way he had in the first three games, hardly registering as a blip in the big picture of the series. Sure, Wade is banged up, probably even legitimately injured. He […]
    on June 14, 2013     Source: New England Sports Network

  3. Jon Wertheim: How Nadal's 8th French Open impacts GOAT debate; mail

    Cut the crap with the Rafael Nadal/greatest of all time discussion. Clay-court tennis is so different from the other surfaces that it could legitimately be considered a different sport. Clay slows everything down so much that seniors can play on it and be reasonably competitive. All clay does is allow marginally talented players to have pro careers by playing mostly clay events. Now, obviously ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated


  1. The ad was induced by Barton's apology to Hayward which stated: "I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is - again, in...
    on Jun 18, 2010 By: Joe Barton Source: TIME

  2. "My differences with him are not personal; they are with the policies he has proposed in this campaign. Because while John McCain can legitimately tout moments of independence from his party in the past, such independence has not been the hallmark...
    on Jun 4, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

  3. "You're talking about a guy who legitimately has a very good chance to win the MVP. When you take him out of the lineup, it kinds of changes everything up," designated hitter Jim Thome said. "It's very tough. We all probably get down about...
    on Sep 5, 2008 By: Jim Thome Source: USA Today

Word of the Day
untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /