legitimacy


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le·git·i·ma·cy

 (lə-jĭt′ə-mə-sē)
n.
The quality or fact of being legitimate.

le•git•i•ma•cy

(lɪˈdʒɪt ə mə si)

n.
the state of being legitimate.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.legitimacy - lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law
lawfulness - the quality of conforming to law
illegitimacy - unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with law
2.legitimacy - undisputed credibilitylegitimacy - undisputed credibility    
believability, credibility, credibleness - the quality of being believable or trustworthy
real McCoy, real stuff, real thing - informal usage attributing authenticity

legitimacy

noun
The state or quality of being within the law:
Translations
شَرْعِيَّه، مَشْروعِيَّه
zákonnost
legitimitetlovlighed
lögmæti
meşrulukyasallık

legitimacy

[lɪˈdʒɪtɪməsɪ] N
1. (= lawfulness) [of government, action, birth] → legitimidad f
2. (= justifiableness) [of concern] → justificación; [of argument] → validez f
there can be no doubt as to the legitimacy of such claimsno cabe duda de que estas reclamaciones están justificadas

legitimacy

[lɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪsi] nlégitimité f

legitimacy

nRechtmäßigkeit f, → Legitimität f; (of birth)Ehelichkeit f; (of conclusion)Berechtigung f; I don’t doubt the legitimacy of your excuse/reasonich bezweifle nicht, dass Ihre Entschuldigung/Ihr Grund gerechtfertigt ist

legitimacy

[lɪˈdʒɪtɪməsɪ] n (gen) → legittimità; (of argument, excuse) → validità

legitimate

(liˈdʒitimət) adjective
1. lawful. Is this procedure perfectly legitimate?
2. (of a child) born to parents who are married to each other.
leˈgitimately adverb
leˈgitimacy noun
References in classic literature ?
I now mean legitimacy as connected with cause and effect, and nothing political or dynastic.
The genial disdain of Michel Rollin, who called them impostors, was answered by him with vituperation, of which crapule and canaille were the least violent items; he amused himself with abuse of their private lives, and with sardonic humour, with blasphemous and obscene detail, attacked the legitimacy of their births and the purity of their conjugal relations: he used an Oriental imagery and an Oriental emphasis to accentuate his ribald scorn.
Certainly they were; supposing there were to be doubts raised as to the validity of your marriage or the legitimacy of your child?
Come you, and see my child from hour to hour; set what you see against her pedigree, which is this, and this'--for I scorned to mince it--'and tell me what is the true legitimacy when you shall have quite made up your mind on that subject.
How are we to know it may not turn up in the future under circumstances which may place the legitimacy of your children in doubt?
Some of them talked as if she were the guardian angel of Legitimacy.
It was the question of the child's legitimacy that preyed on her mind, and, when all hope of Samuel's return was abandoned, she drowned herself and the child in the loch.
Departing from the narrow definition of legitimacy that dominated the Restoration period, Sellin explores the legitimacy, not of government in general, but of monarchy, which even after the French Revolution remained the prevailing form of government in Europe for more than a century.
Even a stop-gap President mentored during the autocratic era of President Robert Mugabe knows legitimacy is key to the readmission of Zimbabwe to the comity of nations.
The Spokesman for the Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen responded to questions of journalists.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, and the Chief of Staff of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), Lieutenant-General Dhiyab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi, took part in the meeting of the Foreign Ministers and Chiefs of the General Staff of the Member States of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, which was held today in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
29 (BNA): The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, and the Chief of Staff of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), Lieutenant-General Dhiyab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi, took part in the meeting of the Foreign Ministers and Chiefs of the General Staff of the member states of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, which was held today in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.