LEGIT'IMATE, a. [L. legitimus, from lex, law.]1. Lawfully begotten or born; born in wedlock; as legitimate heirs or children.2. Genuine; real; proceeding from a pure source; not false or spurious; as legitimate arguments or inferences.
LEGIT'IMATE, v.t.1. To make lawful2. To render legitimate; to communicate the rights of a legitimate child to one that is illegitimate; to invest with the rights of a lawful heir.