Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb legitimate

3 senses of legitimate

Sense 1
legalize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimize, legitimise, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimatise -- (make legal; "Marijuana should be legalized")
       => permit, allow, let, countenance -- (consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam")

Sense 2
legitimate -- (show or affirm to be just and legitimate)
       => justify, vindicate -- (show to be right by providing justification or proof; "vindicate a claim")

Sense 3
legitimate -- (make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone); "They legitimized their natural child")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Antonyms of adj legitimate

4 senses of legitimate

Sense 1
legitimate (vs. illegitimate) -- (of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful)

illegitimate (vs. legitimate) -- (of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful)
        => adulterine -- (conceived in adultery)
        => base, baseborn -- (illegitimate)
        => bastardly, misbegot, misbegotten, spurious -- (born out of wedlock; "the dominions of both rulers passed away to their spurious or doubtful offspring"- E.A.Freeman)
        => fatherless -- (not having a known or legally responsible father)
        => left-handed -- ((of marriages) illicit or informal; "in Colonial America left-handed marriages between Frenchmen and Indians were frequent")
        => unlawful, wrongful -- (having no legally established claim; "the wrongful heir to the throne")

Sense 2
legitimate, logical -- (based on known statements or events or conditions; "rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year")

INDIRECT (VIA valid) -> invalid -- (having no cogency or legal force; "invalid reasoning"; "an invalid driver's license")

Sense 3
legitimate -- (in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles; "legitimate advertising practices")

INDIRECT (VIA established) -> unestablished -- (not established; "a reputation as yet unestablished")

Sense 4
lawful, legitimate, licit -- (authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; "a legitimate government")

INDIRECT (VIA legal) -> illegal -- (prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move")

Similarity of adj legitimate

4 senses of legitimate

Sense 1
legitimate (vs. illegitimate) -- (of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful)
       => lawfully-begotten -- (born in wedlock; enjoying full filial rights)
       => morganatic, left-handed -- ((of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior)
       => true (prenominal), lawful, rightful (prenominal) -- (having a legally established claim; "the legitimate heir"; "the true and lawful king")
          Also See-> authorized#1, authorised#1; legal#1; valid#1

Sense 2
legitimate, logical -- (based on known statements or events or conditions; "rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year")
       => valid (vs. invalid) -- (well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force; "a valid inference"; "a valid argument"; "a valid contract")

Sense 3
legitimate -- (in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles; "legitimate advertising practices")
       => established (vs. unestablished), constituted -- (brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established; "the established social order"; "distrust the constituted authority"; "a team established as a member of a major league"; "enjoyed his prestige as an established writer"; "an established precedent"; "the established Church")

Sense 4
lawful, legitimate, licit -- (authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; "a legitimate government")
       => legal (vs. illegal) -- (established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules)

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