Acceptable or recognized as genuine, valid, or conforming to established codes, customs, rules, or standards of conduct. See also lawful and legal.

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  • There is only one legitimate candidate in the race, as the other candidates were disqualified due to jurisdictional concerns or voting irregularities.

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  • When the company didn't purchase the safety equipment required for the job, and Joe complained,his complaint to administration was legitimate.

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  • When I told the officer that the reason I had not pulled over to report the car accident in the intersection was because I noticed he had already seen it, he conceded that this was a legitimate excuse and didn't give me a ticket.

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