legitimacy

noun

le·​git·​i·​ma·​cy li-ˈji-tə-mə-sē How to pronounce legitimacy (audio)
: the quality or state of being legitimate

Examples of legitimacy in a Sentence

the legitimacy of the military dictatorship was not recognized by most other nations
Recent Examples on the Web This air of legitimacy—the idea that psychedelics could be more serious drugs than cannabis—gives drugs like MDMA and psilocybin certain advantages. Jane C. Hu, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2024 The legitimacy of these arguments will ultimately be adjudicated by the courts, evaluating them against the U.S. Constitution, the extent of Congressional authority, and the equilibrium between regulatory objectives and individual freedoms. Matthew Erskine, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Any development that lessens fan confidence in the legitimacy of an event’s outcome is of paramount importance to those doing business in sports. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 In return, Israeli leaders would have to agree to a two-state solution and to other steps that would boost the legitimacy of the Palestinian Authority, which Netanyahu has long derided. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 For Congress to question the legitimacy of state election rules would violate conservative principles of federalism, and votes to reject Trump’s defeat would invite Democrats to try to block Republicans from the White House in future elections. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2024 But Netanyahu hadn’t just given Israel’s most extreme racists unprecedented power and legitimacy. Anshel Pfeffer, The Atlantic, 27 Mar. 2024 Users should prioritize exchanges with transparent and verifiable physical addresses, which signifies legitimacy and aids in dispute resolution. Tyler Shepherd, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2024 The primary distinctions between genuine services and scams lie in their approach, transparency, and the absence of requests for sensitive information or upfront fees without providing clear, verifiable assurances of their methodology and legitimacy. Maria Williams, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of legitimacy was in 1625

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“Legitimacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legitimacy. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

legitimacy

noun
le·​git·​i·​ma·​cy li-ˈjit-ə-mə-sē How to pronounce legitimacy (audio)
: the quality or state of being legitimate

Legal Definition

legitimacy

noun
le·​git·​i·​ma·​cy li-ˈji-tə-mə-sē How to pronounce legitimacy (audio)
: the quality or state of being legitimate

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