legitimacy

[ li-jit-uh-muh-see ]SEE DEFINITION OF legitimacy
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LEGITIMACY

Later on, too, he intervenes in France and acknowledges the legitimacy of the Republic.

It frightens me—raising my old nightmare of a lawsuit about the legitimacy of my child.

On the other hand, the house in the street of Consuls was a known out-post of Legitimacy.

For the first time America was posing as the champion of legitimacy and order.

It decided on the validity of the king's marriages and the legitimacy of the king's children.

It is said that the author of Atala repented him for a moment of his legitimacy.

And by the way, I do care for that legitimacy, and will guard the proofs.

The proofs of my identity and legitimacy are abundant and irresistible.

The advantages of our hypothesis (if its legitimacy be admitted) are obvious.

And if it be too late for legitimacy, it is not for a constitutional throne.

WORD ORIGIN

1690s, of children; general use by 1836; see legitimate + -cy. Legitimateness an earlier word for it.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LEGITIMACY

authenticity

noungenuineness
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