le·​git·​i·​mate·​ly | \ li-ˈji-tə-mət-lē How to pronounce legitimately (audio) \

Definition of legitimately

: in a legitimate manner : according to what is lawful, permitted, appropriate, or reasonable money earned legitimately [=legally] a question that can be legitimately asked … objects of ritual significance that were common tribal property seldom if ever could have come legitimately into nontribal hands.— Robert McC. Adams The other kind of steroids are the potent inflammation fighters widely and legitimately used to treat dozens of illnesses.— Paul G. Donohue … several objections to their book can legitimately be raised.— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

First Known Use of legitimately

1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Legitimately.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legitimately. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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