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 for legitimate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Legitimate \Le*git"i*mate\ (-m[asl]t), a. [LL. legitimatus, p.
     p. of legitimare to legitimate, fr. L. legitimus legitimate.
     See Legal.]
     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.
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     2. Lawfully begotten; born in wedlock.
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     3. Authorized; real; genuine; not false, counterfe`t, or
        spurious; as,$legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate
        inscriptions.
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     4. Conforming to known principles, or accepted rules; as,
        legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard, or method; a
        legitimate combination of colors.
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              Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate
              English classic.                      --Macaulay.
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     5. Following by logical sequence; reasonable; as, a
        legitimate result; a legitimate inference.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Legitimate \Le*git"i*mate\ (-m[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Legitimated (-m[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Legitimating
     (-m[=a]`t[i^]ng).]
     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.
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           To enact a statute of that which he dares not seem to
           approve, even to legitimate vice.        --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  legitimate
      adj 1: of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful [ant:
             illegitimate]
      2: based on known statements or events or conditions; "rain was
         a logical expectation, given the time of year" [syn:
         legitimate, 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, legitimate, licit]
      v 1: make legal; "Marijuana should be legalized" [syn:
           legalize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise,
           legitimize, legitimise, legitimate, legitimatize,
           legitimatise] [ant: criminalise, criminalize,
           illegalise, illegalize, 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
         child"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  174 Moby Thesaurus words for "legitimate":
     acceptable, actionable, actor-proof, admissible, all-star,
     allowable, applicable, authentic, authoritative, authorize,
     authorized, ballet, balletic, binding, bona fide, by law, candid,
     card-carrying, certify, cinematic, cinematographic, cogent,
     competent, condonable, consistent, constitutional, correct,
     credible, de jure, defensible, dinkum, dispensable, dramatic,
     dramatical, dramaturgic, excusable, exemptible, expiable, fair,
     film, filmic, following the letter, forgivable, genuine, good, ham,
     hammy, histrionic, honest, honest-to-God, inartificial,
     inoffensive, judicial, juridical, just, justiciable, justifiable,
     kosher, lawful, lawmaking, legal, legalize, legislative, legit,
     legitimatize, legitimize, legitimized, licit, lifelike, literal,
     logical, melodramatic, milked, monodramatic, movie, natural,
     naturalistic, operatic, original, overacted, overplayed,
     pardonable, permissible, plausible, proper, pure, rational, real,
     realistic, reasonable, remissible, right, rightful, sanction,
     sanctionable, sanctioned, sane, scenic, self-consistent, sensible,
     simon-pure, simple, sincere, solid, sound, spectacular, stagelike,
     stageworthy, stagy, starstruck, statutory, stellar, sterling,
     substantial, sufficient, sure-enough, theaterlike, theatrical,
     thespian, thrown away, true, true to life, true to nature,
     true to reality, unadulterated, unaffected, unassumed, unassuming,
     uncolored, unconcocted, uncopied, uncounterfeited, underacted,
     underplayed, undisguised, undisguising, undistorted, unexaggerated,
     unfabricated, unfanciful, unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious,
     unflattering, unimagined, unimitated, uninvented, unobjectionable,
     unpretended, unpretending, unqualified, unromantic, unsimulated,
     unspecious, unsynthetic, unvarnished, valid, validate,
     vaudevillian, venial, verbal, verbatim, veridical, verisimilar,
     vindicable, warrant, warrantable, weighty, well-argued,
     well-founded, well-grounded, wholesome, within the law,
     word-for-word
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  LEGITIMATE. That which is according to law; as, legitimate children, are 
  lawful children, born in wedlock, in contradistinction to bastards; 
  legitimate authority, or lawful power, in opposition to usurpation. 
  
  

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