legitimatize

verb
le·​git·​i·​ma·​tize | \ li-ˈji-tə-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce legitimatize (audio) \
legitimatized; legitimatizing

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Examples of legitimatize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Attorney General, Sessions cited the Bible verse Romans 13 to legitimatize the Trump administration’s migrant policies. al, 10 July 2020 By giving these like-minded traditionalists a name, Bazilian legitimatized a movement. Washington Post, 27 May 2020 There’s the Third Wave, once the emergency becomes imminent (the stores get crowded), and then the Fourth Wave, after city officials legitimatize the Bad Thing. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2020 And that legitimacy and trust in terms of its consumer application will have to be legitimatized by a brand and a brick and mortar environment, where the consumer has trust and confidence in the company that is providing the transaction. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2018 Harcourt, a professor of history at Austin College, is particularly good at showing how anti-Klan cultural productions helped legitimatize the Klan’s views. Eric Herschthal, New Republic, 16 Jan. 2018 And that legitimacy and trust in terms of its consumer application will have to be legitimatized by a brand and a brick and mortar environment, where the consumer has trust and confidence in the company that is providing the transaction. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2018 Harcourt, a professor of history at Austin College, is particularly good at showing how anti-Klan cultural productions helped legitimatize the Klan’s views. Eric Herschthal, New Republic, 16 Jan. 2018 Abe wants to add a third paragraph to this article, to recognize and legitimatize the existence of the self-defense forces. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of legitimatize

1693, in the meaning defined above

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“Legitimatize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legitimatize. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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