Synonyms for legitimate

Synonyms for (verb) legitimate

Synonyms: legitimate

Definition: make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)

Usage: They legitimized their natural child

Similar words: alter, change, modify

Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue

Synonyms: legitimate

Definition: show or affirm to be just and legitimate

Similar words: vindicate, justify

Definition: show to be right by providing justification or proof

Usage: vindicate a claim

Synonyms: decriminalise, decriminalize, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize

Definition: make legal

Usage: Marijuana should be legalized

Similar words: let, countenance, permit, allow

Definition: consent to, give permission

Usage: 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

Synonyms for (adj) legitimate

Synonyms: legitimate, licit, lawful

Definition: authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

Usage: a legitimate government

Similar words: legal

Definition: established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules

Synonyms: legitimate

Definition: of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful

Similar words: lawfully-begotten

Definition: born in wedlock; enjoying full filial rights

Similar words: left-handed, morganatic

Definition: (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

Similar words: lawful, true, rightful

Definition: having a legally established claim

Usage: the legitimate heir; the true and lawful king

Synonyms: legitimate

Definition: in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles

Usage: legitimate advertising practices

Similar words: constituted, established

Definition: brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established

Usage: 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

Synonyms: legitimate, logical

Definition: based on known statements or events or conditions

Usage: rain was a logical expectation, given the time of year

Similar words: valid

Definition: well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force

Usage: a valid inference; a valid argument; a valid contract

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