Legitimacy
Legitimacy Le*git"i*ma*cy (-[i^]*m[.a]*s[y^]), n. [See {Legitimate}, a.] The state, or quality, of being legitimate, or in conformity with law; hence, the condition of having been lawfully begotten, or born in wedlock. [1913 Webster]

The doctrine of Divine Right, which has now come back to us, like a thief from transportation, under the alias of Legitimacy. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • legitimacy — le·git·i·ma·cy /li ji tə mə sē/ n: the quality or state of being legitimate Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. legitimacy …   Law dictionary

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  • legitimacy — le|git|i|ma|cy [ lə dʒıtəməsi ] noun uncount 1. ) the fact that something is legal: Several countries have questioned the legitimacy of the new government. 2. ) the fact that something is fair and reasonable …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • legitimacy — UK [lɪˈdʒɪtɪməsɪ] / US [ləˈdʒɪtəməsɪ] noun [uncountable] 1) the fact that something is legal Several countries have questioned the legitimacy of the new government. 2) the fact that something is fair and reasonable …   English dictionary

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