from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To revoke the legal or legitimate status of: "Out of poverty sprout social instability and desperation, which delegitimize governments that declare themselves democratic” ( Oscar Arias Sanchez).
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- v. To make something illegal that was previously legal
de- + legitimize (Wiktionary)