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, "Can Jeff Sessions roar back into Senate, or will Trump ruin an otherwise perfect political career?," 10 July 2020 By giving these like-minded traditionalists a name, Bazilian legitimatized a movement. Washington Post, "The ‘grandmillennial’ style brings tradition and peaceful decor into the home," 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, "The Grocers on Houston’s Front Lines," 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, "Bitcoin and Blockchains in Davos, Starbucks Coin, Nuclear Hacks," 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, "The KKK’s Attempt to Define America," 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, "Bitcoin and Blockchains in Davos, Starbucks Coin, Nuclear Hacks," 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, "The KKK’s Attempt to Define America," 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, "Abe may have hit a snag in plans to revise Japan’s pacifist constitution: His own party," 14 Dec. 2017

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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 26 Jan. 2021.

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