—adj. 1. according to law; lawful: the property's legitimate owner. 2. in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards.
3. born in wedlock or of legally married parents: legitimate children. 4. in accordance with the laws of reasoning; logically inferable; logical: a legitimate conclusion. 5. resting on or ruling by the principle of hereditary right: a legitimate sovereign. 6. not spurious or unjustified; genuine: It was a legitimate complaint. 7. of the normal or regular type or kind.
8. Theat.of or pertaining to professionally produced stage plays, as distinguished from burlesque, vaudeville, television, motion pictures, etc.: an actor in the legitimate theater.
—v.t. 1. to make lawful or legal; pronounce or state as lawful: Parliament legitimated his accession to the throne. 2. to establish as lawfully born: His bastard children were afterward legitimated by law. 3. to show or declare to be legitimate or proper: He was under obligation to legitimate his commission. 4. to justify; sanction or authorize: His behavior was legitimated by custom.
—n. 1. the legitimate,the legitimate theater or drama.
2. a person who is established as being legitimate.