verb (used with object), delegitimized, delegitimizing.
to remove the legitimate or legal status of.
Also, especially British, delegitimise.

de- + legitimize

delegitimization, noun Unabridged
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delegitimize or delegitimise (ˌdiːlɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz)
to make invalid, illegal, or unacceptable: crushing and delegitimizing all dissent in Central Asia
delegitimise or delegitimise
delegitimi'zation or delegitimise
delegitimi'sation or delegitimise

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Example sentences
And that could delegitimize what is, for many, a serious impairment.
It fits with and affirms their desire to delegitimize this president by any means necessary.
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