legitimism

noun, often capitalized
le·​git·​i·​mism | \ li-ˈji-tə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce legitimism (audio) \

Definition of legitimism

: adherence to the principles of political legitimacy or to a person claiming legitimacy

Other Words from legitimism

legitimist \ li-​ˈji-​tə-​mist How to pronounce legitimist (audio) \ noun, often capitalized
legitimist adjective

First Known Use of legitimism

1839, in the meaning defined above

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