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English definition of “legitimate”

legitimate

adjective
 
 
/lɪˈdʒɪtəmət/
LEGAL allowed by law: Sales of illegal CDs now exceed those of legitimate recordings. → Opposite illegitimateLegal and illegal
CAN BE UNDERSTOOD A legitimate complaint or fear can be understood or believed: People have expressed legitimate fears about the spread of the disease.Believable
legitimately adverb He insisted the money had been earned legitimately (= legally).
(Definition of legitimate from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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