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


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  • There is a difference (although not legally) but, unfortunately, Banksy's work 'legitimises' the tagging morons - you only need to see the mess that Leake Street became after Banksy's occupations (sorry, festivals of street art) to see that the taggers think they are part of the same culture.

    London SE1 community website

  • Wrinkled Weasel on how the BBC 'legitimises' truth.

    Iain Dale's Diary

  • His use of this extremely derogatory word legitimises it and that is utterly unacceptable. "


  • You could define what legitimises such a claim in all sorts of interesting ways, if you want to.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Anti-pornography campaigners argued that the move legitimises the sex industry, and it also drew criticism from some parts of the adult entertainment business, who said that forcing sex sites into a specific corner of the internet would inevitably increase censorship.

    .xxx adult entertainment domain approved by internet regulators

  • Putting Playboy on the high street like this simply normalises and legitimises the objectification of women, it introduces young girls into a porn culture and encourages boys to treat girls as objects to have things done to them, rather than people to have relations with.

    Playboy club reopening to attract protests against Hugh Hefner

  • Why is Christopher Hitchens on this list? that totally de legitimises it.

    Matthew Yglesias » Listmania

  • The Taxpayers 'Alliance warns that it legitimises a fleecing of the middle class.

    The book that has the Tories running scared

  • But by advising women not to do certain things, the government legitimises social pressure to conform that may come from family members, friends, or other people.

    It’s those noisy high heels « Gin&Comment

  • They say that their friends wouldn't laugh at them if they appeared on Embarrassing Bodies because the fact it's on TV legitimises the problem – takes the shame away.

    Why Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies is in rude health


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