Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: verb

To make legitimate.

Part of speech: adjective

Lawful; born in wedlock; genuine.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "legitimate":

  1. Amidst all the miserable failures, and more unworthy successes of a wasted life, M. Linders gained at least one legitimate triumph, when he won his child's undying love and gratitude. - "My Little Lady", Eleanor Frances Poynter.
  2. It can scarcely be called legitimate, but its one great virtue is that it works. - "Smoke Bellew", Jack London.
  3. Nor, knowing that she is one, as I now do, would I have any connection with the case if I found that Mr. Lyon insisted on my using the peculiar power which I always have at command for any other purpose than the, in this case, legitimate one of securing evidence against her which actually exists. - "The Spiritualists and the Detectives", Allan Pinkerton.