Word forms: legitimates, legitimating, legitimated
COBUILD Advanced British English Dictionarypronunciation note: The adjective is pronounced (lɪdʒɪtɪmət). The verb is pronounced (lɪdʒɪtɪmeɪt).1. graded adjective & adjectiveSomething that is legitimate is acceptable according to the law. ⇒ The French government has condemned the coup in Haiti and has demanded the restoration of the legitimate government. ⇒ The government will not seek to disrupt the legitimate business activities of the defendant.legitimacy (lɪdʒɪtɪmɪsi
) uncount noun [+ of] ⇒ The opposition parties do not recognise the political legitimacy of his government.legitimately
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ The government has been legitimately elected by the people.2. graded adjective & adjectiveIf 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
uncount noun [+ of] ⇒ As if to prove the legitimacy of these fears, the Cabinet of Franz von Papen collapsed on December 2.legitimately
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] [+ with] ⇒ They could quarrel quite legitimately with some of my choices.3. adjectiveA legitimate child is one whose parents were married before he or she was born. ⇒ We only married in order that the child should be legitimate.4. verbTo legitimate something means the same as to legitimize it. [formal] [V n] ⇒ We want to legitimate this process by passing a law.legitimation (lɪdʒɪtɪmeɪʃən
) uncount noun ⇒ ...the legitimation of state constitutions.