legitimately

adverb le·git·i·mate·ly \ li-ˈji-tə-mət-lē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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 legimately 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


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