American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or fact of being legitimate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being legitimate; conformity to law, rule, or principle; natural or logical result; regularity; propriety; correctness: as, the legitimacy of a government, of an argument, or of a conclusion.
- n. Specifically Lawfulness of birth: opposed to bastardy.
- n. Directness or regularity of descent, as affecting the right of succession. See legitimist, 2.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state, or quality, of being legitimate, or in conformity with law; hence, the condition of having been lawfully begotten, or born in wedlock.
- n. undisputed credibility
- n. lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law
“Whereas authority refers to a specific position in an established government, the term legitimacy is used when describing a system of government itself - where government may be generalized to mean the wider 'sphere of influence.”
“A Muslim prayer leader addressing worshippers in the capital seized on Saleh's use of the word "legitimacy" and asked "what legitimacy is this man talking about?”
“Republicans made the conscious decision to turn healthcare into a referendum on legitimacy, and I believe that much of that refusal to accept his legitimacy is fueled by the fact that he is not white.”
“Your legitimacy is beginning to look as legitimate as the Iranian government's.”
“How can the TNSG maintain legitimacy if one of their members violates the above portion of the law?”
“Its legitimacy is based on its capacity to deliver economically, not on bankrupt communist ideology.”
“The report, released in late May 2009, states the Tribunal's legitimacy is threatened by charges of corruption and political interference.”
“And legitimacy is far more than the artifact of an observed tendency of people to obey institutional precepts; even the term precepts is conceptually slightly different from commands or orders.”
“This imbued the coins with a certain legitimacy in relation to the concocted stories of their discovery, intended to hide their true origins with persons closely tied to the Mint.”
“If torture actually worked, we could debate whether the tarnish on our national legitimacy is worth the improved security, but torture doesn't work.”
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