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legitimatize

[li-jit-uh-muh-tahyz] /lɪˈdʒɪt ə məˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), legitimatized, legitimatizing.
1.
to make legitimate.
Also, especially British, legitimatise.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; legitimate + -ize
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  • So once you legalize, you basically legitimatize and empower the mafias.
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legitimize

/lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make legitimate; legalize
Derived Forms
legitimization, legitimisation, legitimatization, legitimatisation, noun
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