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 The disappearance of ordinary savers’ money, and the government’s seemingly indifferent response, could pose a major test for the Communist Party’s legitimacy. New York Times, 25 July 2022 An Apple computer historian Corey Cohen has also verified the machine’s legitimacy. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 22 July 2022 Navarro’s reply comes after McCarthy’s lawyer, Elliot Berke, sent the committee an 11-page letter Friday challenging the panel’s legitimacy. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 More than 70 percent of the candidates who have the Trump endorsement this year deny the legitimacy of the last election. ABC News, 22 May 2022 The same could be said of China's campaign to smother Tibetan culture and deny legitimacy to the Dalai Lama. Mark Clifford, CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 Even if Trump weren’t eyeing another run for president, the answer would be simple: The massive campaign to deny the legitimacy of the 2020 election is a crisis for our nation and undeniably newsworthy. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 Many analysts view the root cause of the war not even as Putin’s desires for Russians, but as Putin’s desire for continuing domestic legitimacy. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Additional research suggests our current crisis of election legitimacy was produced by a similar dynamic: public statements by Republican leaders. Katherine Clayton And Robb Willer, CNN, 19 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of legitimacy

1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Legitimacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legitimacy. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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