What does the word legitimate mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Legitimately.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To make legitimate.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Lawful; born in wedlock; genuine.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Legitimateness.

Usage examples for legitimate

  1. It can scarcely be called legitimate, but its one great virtue is that it works. – Smoke Bellew by Jack London
  2. 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 by Allan Pinkerton