le·​git·​i·​mize | \li-ˈji-tə-ˌmīz \
legitimized; legitimizing

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legitimization \li-​ˌji-​tə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
legitimizer \li-​ˈji-​tə-​ˌmī-​zər \ noun

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But appearing side by side as equals risks legitimizing Kim's regime, critics argue. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Singapore summit: Anxious world awaits outcome of high-stakes talks," 12 June 2018 And someone could start a revolution with the materials at hand, one that is sort of legitimized by the gloss that the sphere gives. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Miranda July Talks #MeToo, Tech, and Joanie4Jackie," 16 Oct. 2018 By giving floaters an office, coworking spaces like Midori.so have started to legitimize the idea of freelancing in Japan; WeWork plans to have 12 locations in Tokyo by the end of the year. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 Perhaps as important, Ms. Alcalde said existing protection agreements would also have to be legitimized in coming years by way of secret ballots among workers. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Mexico’s President-Elect Prepares Labor Overhaul to Empower Workers," 11 Sep. 2018 Romans 13 was reportedly favored by Adolf Hitler and pushed by the Nazis to legitimize their authoritarian rule in 1930s Germany. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, "Sessions says the Bible justifies separating immigrant families. The verses he cited are infamous.," 15 June 2018 Facebook, which is in crisis mode over its data collection and sharing with third-parties, has been trying to legitimize Stories on its social network. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Facebook Is Starting To Copy More Features From Instagram," 13 Apr. 2018 Navalny wants to de-legitimize what’s seen as Putin’s inevitable victory. Leonid Ragozin, Bloomberg.com, "Putin’s Enemies Exploit Growing Rural Anger With the Kremlin," 26 Jan. 2018 That position has to be bolstered by cultural norms, including a consensus that the president must not legitimize and amplify the speech of those who openly bear the swastika and believe that other races are inferior to the white race. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "In Trump’s America, the ACLU takes a new approach to free speech.," 23 June 2018

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transitive verb
le·​git·​i·​mize | \lə-ˈji-tə-ˌmīz \
legitimized; legitimizing

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