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[li-jit-uh-muh-see] /lɪˈdʒɪt ə mə si/
the state or quality of being legitimate.
Origin of legitimacy
1685-95; legitim(ate) + -acy
Related forms
nonlegitimacy, noun
lawfulness, legality, rightfulness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for legitimacy
  • It's no secret that race-based affirmative action in higher education faces a crisis of legitimacy.
  • If these people were to see their side lose, she points out, they might begin to question the legitimacy of the government itself.
  • There are certain things whose value depends largely on their legitimacy.
  • The past few years have seen signs that the party wants to use nationalist sentiment to bolster its legitimacy.
  • The agency was initially troubled by lawsuits that challenged its legitimacy.
  • But scalping has also stumbled on its way to legitimacy.
  • There is another question, about the legitimacy of research.
  • The company also hired experts who expressed deep skepticism about the legitimacy of the e-mails and contract.
  • The legitimacy of an appointment can be either a procedural or a moral matter.
  • Until you do, you can't reply to me with any authority or legitimacy.
Word Origin and History for legitimacy

1690s, of children; general use by 1836; see legitimate + -cy. Legitimateness an earlier word for it.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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