[ UK /ləd‍ʒˈɪtɪmətli/ ]
[ US /ɫəˈdʒɪtəmətɫi/ ]
  1. in a manner acceptable to common custom
    you cannot do this legitimately!
  2. in a lawfully recognized manner
    let's get married so our child can be born legitimately
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How To Use legitimately In A Sentence

  • Fundamental in the personality of the hysterics is this instability, this emotionality, which is however secondary to an egotistic, easily wounded nature, craving sympathy and respect and often unable legitimately to earn them. The Nervous Housewife
  • The London Hungarian Committee in 1849 quoted Article X, by Leopold II, of the House of Hapsburg, in 1790, which definitely stated that "Hungary with her appanages is a free kingdom, and in regard to her whole legal form of government (including all the tribunals) independent; that is, entangled with no other kingdom or people, but having her own peculiar consistence and constitution; accordingly to be governed by her legitimately crowned king after her peculiar laws and customs. Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman
  • At what point does indecision, does the inability to act at all, become legitimately frightening?
  • I can legitimately lay claim to have done something that millions of God gospellers from all over the globe have for thousands of years said that the mysterious bloke called Jesus Christ is gonna do.
  • The tour guide helpfully tells tourists that the sculptures were brought to London for safekeeping, and acquired legitimately.
  • BRAND: I think you would want to press the procedures that were used, see whether the wiretaps have been legitimately authorized, whether all the material that was wiretapped, including some things that we lawyers call exculpatory -- that is, things that tend to prove your innocence -- are not on the tapes or that should be on the tapes and available to you. CNN Transcript Dec 11, 2008
  • At the end of the American Civil War, for example, President Lincoln forgave many crimes that might legitimately have been prosecuted.
  • Considering how opposed many conservative Christians are even to soft-core pornography (at least publicly!), I find it hard to fathom how a soi-disant conservative Christian can legitimately justify posing for titillating photographs with the goal of material and professional gain in mind — and especially not while technically still a minor (Prejean was not yet eighteen when she chose to pose for the topless photographs). Think Progress » Miss Beverly Hills tries to one-up Carrie Prejean, says it’s divine law that gays be put to death.
  • The campaign against Kiaochow was unpopular from the outset among the Japanese public because it was felt that they were not legitimately called upon to interest themselves in such a remote question as the balance of power among European nations, which was what British warfare against Germany seemed to them to be. The Fight for the Republic in China
  • Two men arrived at the compound with authority from the owner to obtain the twin turbo four-wheel drive hot hatch, which was legitimately released to them.
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