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legitimateadjective

uk   /ləˈdʒɪt.ɪ.mət/  us   /-ˈdʒɪt̬-/
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   us   /-li/
Most foreign visitors enter the country legitimately (= legally).

legitimateverb [T]

/ləˈdʒɪt.ɪ.məɪt/  us /-ˈdʒɪt̬-/ (also legitimize) US
to make something legal or acceptable: The government fears that talking to terrorists might legitimate their violent actions.
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