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le·git·i·mate

legitimate

 
 
pronunciation:
lih jI t miht
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: allowed by the law or by rules; legal.
We checked to make sure it was a legitimate business.Being sick is a legitimate reason for being absent from school.
synonyms:
lawful, legal
antonyms:
illegal
similar words:
fair, right, true, valid
definition 2: valid or justified; deserved.
She had to admit that the criticism was legitimate.
 
synonyms:
justified, warranted
similar words:
genuine, true
derivations: legitimately (adv.), legitimateness (n.), legitimation (n.)
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The word legitimate contains the following part:
leg1 Latin root that means law