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legitimateadjective

uk   /ləˈdʒɪt.ə.mət/ us   /ləˈdʒɪt̬.ə.mət/
C2 allowed by law: The army must give power back to the legitimate government.
C2 reasonable and acceptable: He claimed that the restaurant bill was a legitimate business expense.
A legitimate child is one whose parents are legally married at the time of his or her birth.

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legitimately
adverb uk   /ləˈdʒɪt.ə.mət.li/ us   /ləˈdʒɪt̬.ə.mət.li/
Most foreign visitors enter the country legitimately (= legally).

legitimateverb [T]

/ləˈdʒɪt.ə.məɪt/ /ləˈdʒɪt̬.ə.məɪt/ also legitimize US
to make something legal or acceptable: The government fears that talking to terrorists might legitimate their violent actions.
(Definition of legitimate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"legitimate" in American English

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legitimateadjective

us   /ləˈdʒɪt̬·ə·mət/ infml short form legit, /ləˈdʒɪt/
allowed according to law, or reasonable and acceptable: a legitimate tax deduction legitimate concerns
legitimacy
noun [U] us   /ləˈdʒɪt̬·ə·mə·si/
(Definition of legitimate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"legitimate" in Business English

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legitimateadjective

uk   /lɪˈdʒɪtəmət/ us  
LAW allowed by law or done according to the rules of an organization or activity: Defense lawyers argued that such payments are legitimate and customary in newspaper deals. a legitimate business/company/trader legitimate expenses/fees
fair and honest: Concerns relating to employee fraud and other forms of malpractice were acknowledged as being legitimate. legitimate complaints/questions/reasons
legitimately
adverb
Manufacturers legitimately argued that the ingredients of their products are subject to commercial confidentiality.
(Definition of legitimate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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