legitimate [voice] meaning, legitimate [voice] definition | English Cobuild dictionary



1       adj   Something that is legitimate is acceptable according to the law.  
The government will not seek to disrupt the legitimate business activities of the defendant.     
  legitimacy      n-uncount   usu with supp  
The opposition parties do not recognise the political legitimacy of his government.     
  legitimately      adv   ADV with v  
The government has been legitimately elected by the people.     
2       adj   If you say that something such as a feeling or claim is legitimate, you think that it is reasonable and justified.  
That's a perfectly legitimate fear..., The New York Times has a legitimate claim to be a national newspaper.     
  legitimacy      n-uncount   usu with supp  
As if to prove the legitimacy of these fears, the Cabinet of Franz von Papen collapsed on December 2.     
  legitimately      adv   ADV with v  
They could quarrel quite legitimately with some of my choices.     
3       adj   A legitimate child is one whose parents were married before he or she was born.,   (Antonym: illegitimate)    We only married in order that the child should be legitimate.     
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