le·​git·​i·​mism li-ˈji-tə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce legitimism (audio)
often capitalized
: adherence to the principles of political legitimacy or to a person claiming legitimacy
legitimist noun often capitalized
legitimist adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of legitimism was in 1839

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“Legitimism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legitimism. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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