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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of legitimatize.


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  • Every debate he has with Hillary legitimatizes her fallacious claim for a road to victory and gives her free media attention that she otherwise cannot afford.

    Hillary Challenging Obama To Free-Form Debates

  • RITTER: Our presence in Afghanistan only legitimatizes one of the most illegitimate movements in history.

    CNN Transcript Nov 3, 2009

  • CAPLAN: I think why Paris Hilton did this is because essentially it legitimatizes her argument as being the victim, and it also helps get her message across.

    CNN Transcript Jun 11, 2007

  • In their hands, the word ˜cosmopolitan™ is tied to the effects of capitalist globalization, including especially the bourgeois ideology which legitimatizes ˜free™ trade in terms of the freedom of individuals and mutual benefit, although this very capitalist order is the cause of the misery of millions, indeed the cause of the very existence of the proletariat.


  • It may be in Bush's interest, oddly enough, to have these 14,000 votes counted, because if they are counted and Bush still wins, then it definitely is over and it legitimatizes him in a way he might not have that.

    CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: How Many Court Cases Does It Take to Make a President? - December 5, 2000

  • The general law in the States of our Union legitimatizes a child born out of wedlock by the subsequent inter-marriage of the parents.

    The Family and it's Members

  • He actually calls out Portman for legitimatizes such a life style, calling her irresponsible for leading other less wealthy women down the same path.

    Crooks and Liars

  • This is the kind of stuff that legitimatizes stories.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • Giljum: -- but it's something that I've learned over time to temper very well and avoid it, and actually look upon it as being counterproductive because I think what it does -- it does -- it legitimatizes in my view the presses um, their actions or their impressions, okay?

    Crooks and Liars

  • If the Russians scream about a new cold war, it is immaterial; their behavior legitimatizes our response.

    Intellectual Conservative Politics and Philosophy


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