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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make something illegal that was previously legal


de- +‎ legitimize (Wiktionary)


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