legitimacy

noun
le·​git·​i·​ma·​cy | \li-ˈji-tə-mə-sē \

Definition of legitimacy 

: the quality or state of being legitimate

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Synonyms & Antonyms for legitimacy

Synonyms

lawfulness, legality

Antonyms

illegality, illegitimacy, unlawfulness, wrongfulness

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Examples of legitimacy in a Sentence

the legitimacy of the military dictatorship was not recognized by most other nations

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Another element to all of this is how bad actors work to gain legitimacy with press coverage. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A military expert explains why social media is the new battlefield," 12 Oct. 2018 Xenophobic expressions of hatred against both Jews and Muslims have gained legitimacy with the rise of the ultra-nationalist party, Alternative for Germany (AFD), in the 2017 election. Fox News, "Anti-Semitism on the rise in Germany as Jewish business owners and students are targeted online," 2 Aug. 2018 For this to come that close to the centers of political power and political legitimacy was new. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of “A Very English Scandal” and the Trials of a Closeted Gay Politician," 27 June 2018 Democracy can help him build a new base of legitimacy. The Economist, "How to ensure Muhammad bin Salman’s reforms succeed," 23 June 2018 On the other hand, turning to new rituals as stand-ins for ancient ones raises the tricky issue of legitimacy. Sigal Samuel, The Atlantic, "A Design Lab Is Making Rituals for Secular People," 7 May 2018 No alternative sources of legitimacy are anywhere on the horizon. Leon Aron, National Review, "Vladimir Putin’s Wartime Presidency," 16 Feb. 2018 Political systems depend on all sides believing in the legitimacy of outcomes. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rigging of American politics," 16 Oct. 2018 The Times' report sparked online conversation about the legitimacy of #MeToo, prompting leaders and supporters to respond with statements that urged the public not to let allegations against Argento negate the movement at large. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Asia Argento Responds to Sexual Assault Allegations, Calls Report "Absolutely False"," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of legitimacy

1625, in the meaning defined above

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legitimacy

noun
le·​git·​i·​ma·​cy | \li-ˈji-tə-mə-sē \

Legal Definition of legitimacy 

: the quality or state of being legitimate

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