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English definition of “legitimate”

legitimate

adjective     /ləˈdʒɪt.ɪ.mət/ US  /-ˈdʒɪt̬-/
C2 allowed by law: The army must give power back to the legitimate government.Legal and illegal C2 reasonable and acceptable: He claimed that the restaurant bill was a legitimate business expense.Legal and illegal A legitimate child is one whose parents are legally married at the time of his or her birth.Parents and children legitimately     /-li/ adverb Most foreign visitors to Britain enter the country legitimately (= legally).Legal and illegal
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