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Jun
30
2014

legitimate

lih jI t@ miht

adjective
definition 1:  in accordance with the law or rules (used especially when the breaking of laws or rules is suspected).
example:  Upon investigation, it was found that these were legitimate business dealings.
example:  He was shown to be the legitimate heir to the throne.

definition 2:  valid, justified, or deserved.
example:  She had to admit that it was a legitimate criticism.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the adjective legitimate

legitimate + NOUN:    ~ complaint, ~ grievance, ~ criticism, ~ concern, ~ fear, ~ excuse, ~ objection, ~ suspicion, ~ reason, ~ aim, ~ purpose, ~ expense, ~ business, ~ enterprise, ~ ruler, ~ heir