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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (lawful)
a. legítimo
He claims there was fraud in the electoral process and that he's the legitimate president.Alega que hubo fraude en el proceso electoral y que él es el presidente legítimo.
b. legal
After getting out of jail, Logan decided to start a legitimate business.Después de salir de la cárcel, Logan decidió empezar un negocio legal.
2. (valid)
a. justificado
Don's complaint may have been legitimate, but the way he delivered it was not.La queja de Don puede haber sido justificada, pero la forma en que la pronunció no lo fue.
b. legítimo
Only those with a legitimate interest in the property are allowed to review the documents.Solo a los que tengan un interés legítimo en la propiedad se les permite revisar los documentos.
c. válido
After winning the lottery, I think you have a legitimate reason to celebrate.Después de ganar la lotería, creo que tienes una razón válida para celebrar.
3. (born of married parents)
a. legítimo
Mr. Johnson had four legitimate children and three conceived out of wedlock.El Sr. Johnson tuvo cuatro hijos legítimos y tres nacidos fuera del matrimonio.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
4. (to justify)
a. legitimar
Western governments are conscious of not legitimating terrorist actions by giving in to their demands.Los gobiernos occidentales son conscientes de no legitimar las acciones de los terroristas con ceder a sus exigencias.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. legítimo(a)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (general)
a. legitimar
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legitimate [lɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪt]
1 (lawful) [+government, right, power] legítimo
The money must be under the control of the legitimate government Without a legitimate government, Haitian refugees will continue to make their way to the United States He explained that the present government was perfectly legitimate and would remain in power until the elections The legitimate ruler of the country was overthrown and a ruthless dictator took his place Women were being denied their legitimate rights Any solution to Middle East conflict must take into account the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people The government admitted that the demonstrations were a threat to its legitimate power She has legitimate power because she is the head of our division, but she does not have expert power in that she knows more than we do The current leadership no longer represents the legitimate interests of the people The USA acknowledged that Moscow had legitimate interests in the Middle East The military rulers exceeded their legitimate authority Its government is the only legitimate authority in the country
[+business] legal
I am doing nothing wrong. I run a legitimate business here
he has a legitimate claim to the property tiene el derecho legítimo de reivindicar la propiedad
they had a legitimate claim to for political asylum
2 (valid) [+reason, argument, target] válido
The fact that you were hungry is not a legitimate reason for eating your brother's sandwich Religious leaders have a legitimate reason to be concerned I'm afraid that's not a legitimate excuse for being late I hope you have a legitimate excuse for your lateness You have a legitimate excuse He was unable to come up with a legitimate argument to convince us he was right When I caught them together for the third time, I drew the legitimate conclusion that they were having an affair Opponents of the regime were seen as legitimate targets Men, women and children have become the legitimate targets of the bombers
[+complaint, conclusion] justificado
The landlady refused to see that it was a legitimate complaint to say we had rats in the basement
[+interest] legítimo
to be legitimate for sb [to do] sth The Arab nations feel it's legitimate for them to develop chemical and nuclear weapons to balance the Israeli threat It's now legitimate for the international community to intervene in a country's internal affairs, if necessary
it is perfectly legitimate to ask questions preguntar está perfectamente justificado
It's perfectly legitimate to ask questions about all subjects
3 (Jur) [+son, daughter] legítimo
He was the legitimate son of Ann and Richard The lives of the legitimate and bastard sides of the family are constantly overlapping He wanted to get into legitimate theatre I am an actor on the legitimate stage
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