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Dictionary definition for: Legitimate

1. (v) make legal; "Marijuana should be legalized"

2. (a) of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful

3. (v) show or affirm to be just and legitimate

4. (s) in accordance with reason or logic; "a logical conclusion"

5. (v) make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone) "They legitimized their natural child"

6. (s) in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles; "legitimate advertising practices"

7. (s) authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; "a legitimate government"

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