What is Legitimate?

Legal Definition
That which is according to law; as, legitimate children, are lawful children, born in wedlock, in contradistinction to bastards; legitimate autbority, or lawful power, in opposition to usurpation.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
adj. That which is lawful, legal, recognized by law or according to law; as legitimate children, legitimate authority or lawful power. Wilson v. Babb, 18 S. C. 69; Gates v. Seibert, 157 Mo. 254, 57 S. W. 1065, 80 Am. St. Rep. 625.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
v. To make lawful; to cohfer legitimacy; to place a child born before marriage on the footing of those born in lawful wedlock. McKamie v. Baskerville, 86 Tenn. 459, 7 SW. 194; Blythe v. Ayres, 96 Cal. 532, 31 Pac. 915, 19 L. R. A. 40.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
Lawful; to make lawful; to legalize; to render legitimate. See 86 Tenn. 459, 7 S. W. 194.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary