le·​git·​i·​ma·​cy | \ li-ˈji-tə-mə-sē How to pronounce legitimacy (audio) \

Definition of legitimacy

: the quality or state of being legitimate

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Examples of legitimacy in a Sentence

the legitimacy of the military dictatorship was not recognized by most other nations
Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s effort to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s election. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 Not surprisingly, 59% of Republicans think the riots still would have happened without Trump saying anything about the election's legitimacy. Harry Enten, CNN, 22 May 2021 That has strengthened Hamas’s legitimacy among some Palestinians and made the prospect of a resumption of peace negotiations, let alone a final status agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, ever more remote. New York Times, 21 May 2021 In the West Bank, Palestinians currently have no reliable political process by which to give their leaders legitimacy. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 21 May 2021 For the latter, a crisis of legitimacy facing the beleaguered Palestinian Authority and its aging President Mahmoud Abbas has only intensified. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Direct negotiations with Washington also provided unprecedented legitimacy to the group. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2021 Obama's comments add to the growing legitimacy of the reports of the unidentified phenomenon and the government's awareness of them at high levels. NBC News, 18 May 2021 Moreover, unlike for-profit businesses, benefit corporations signal legitimacy to the growing number of large investment funds that only do deals with entrepreneurial ventures that can demonstrate a positive social and/or an environmental impact. David Sher, al, 16 May 2021

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First Known Use of legitimacy

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of legitimacy was in 1625

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6 Jun 2021

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“Legitimacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legitimacy. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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le·​git·​i·​ma·​cy | \ li-ˈji-tə-mə-sē How to pronounce legitimacy (audio) \

Legal Definition of legitimacy

: the quality or state of being legitimate


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