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adjective legitimate pronunciation in British English /lɪˈdʒɪtəmət/
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  1. 1
    fair and reasonable

    It is perfectly legitimate to ask questions about a politician’s personal life.

    legitimate interest/excuse/expectation:

    Did he have a legitimate excuse for being late?

  2. 2
    allowed by the law, or correct according to the law

    Are the premises being used for legitimate business purposes?

    The Scots proclaimed James Stuart as the legitimate heir to the British throne.

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