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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 le·git·i·mate /-ˌmet/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Le·git·i·mate a.
 1. Accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements; lawful; as, legitimate government; legitimate rights; the legitimate succession to the throne; a legitimate proceeding of an officer; a legitimate heir.
 2. Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
 3. Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfe`t, or spurious; as,$legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions.
 4. Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; as, legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard, or method; a legitimate combination of colors.
    Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate English classic.   --Macaulay.
 5. Following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a legitimate result; a legitimate inference.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Le·git·i·mate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Legitimated p. pr. & vb. n. Legitimating ] To make legitimate, lawful, or valid; esp., to put in the position or state of a legitimate person before the law, by legal means; as, to legitimate a bastard child.
    To enact a statute of that which he dares not seem to approve, even to legitimate vice.   --Milton.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful [ant: illegitimate]
      2: in accordance with reason or logic; "a logical conclusion"
         [syn: logical]
      3: in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or
         principles; "legitimate advertising practices"
      4: authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; "a
         legitimate government" [syn: lawful, licit]
      v 1: make legal; "Marijuana should be legalized" [syn: legalize,
            legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimize,
            legitimise, legitimatize, legitimatise] [ant: outlaw,
            outlaw, outlaw, outlaw]
      2: show or affirm to be just and legitimate
      3: make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the
         legitimacy of (someone); "They legitimized their natural