Wednesday Word for March 16, 2022

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

  1. lawfully begotten
  2. being exactly as intended or presented : neither spurious nor false
  3. accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements

History

The first known use of legitimacy, was in the 15th century. The word comes from the Middle English legitimat, from Medieval Latin legitimatus, past participle of legitimare to legitimate, from Latin legitimus legitimate, from leg-, lex law

Synonyms

legal, legit, licit

Antonyms

illegal, lawless, unlawful

Usage and Examples

Here are some examples:

  • The bard responded to insults with more creative insults, and occasionally responded to legitimate criticisms with well-turned phrases.
  • Instead of having a calm, rational debate about legitimate issues, he resorted to name-calling and casting insults.
  • Many of the arguments made thus far sound like excuses, not legitimate reasons.

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