|1.||[ adjective ] (law) authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law|
"a legitimate government"
|2.||[ adjective ] having a legally established claim|
"the legitimate heir" "the true and lawful king"
|3.||[ adjective ] according to custom or rule or natural law|
|4.||[ adjective ] (law) conformable to or allowed by law|
"lawful methods of dissent"
|Related terms:||unlawful law-abiding legal straight lawfulness|