legitimation

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le·git·i·mate

 (lə-jĭt′ə-mĭt)
adj.
1.
a. Being in compliance with the law; lawful: a legitimate business.
b. Being in accordance with established or accepted rules and standards: legitimate advertising practices.
c. Valid or justifiable: a legitimate complaint.
d. Based on logical reasoning: a legitimate deduction.
2. Born of legally married parents: legitimate offspring.
3. Of, relating to, or ruling by hereditary right: a legitimate monarch.
4. Of or relating to drama of high professional quality that excludes burlesque, vaudeville, and some forms of musical comedy: the legitimate theater.
tr.v. (-māt′) le·git·i·mat·ed, le·git·i·mat·ing, le·git·i·mates
To legitimize.

[Middle English legitimat, born in wedlock, from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus, law-worthy, past participle of lēgitimāre, to make lawful, from Latin lēgitimus, legitimate, from lēx, lēg-, law; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

le·git′i·mate·ly adv.
le·git′i·mate·ness n.
le·git′i·ma′tion n.
le·git′i·mat′or (-māt′ər) n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.legitimation - the act of rendering a person legitimate; "he has filial rights because he obtained letters of legitimation from the king"; "his parents' subsequent marriage resulted in his legitimation"
human action, human activity, act, deed - something that people do or cause to happen
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
2.legitimation - the act of making lawful
group action - action taken by a group of people
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Translations

legitimation

[lɪˌdʒɪtɪˈmeɪʃn] Nlegitimación f
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legitimation

nLegitimation f; (= action)Legitimierung f
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The analysis of these data focused on UCS services' use of social media and themes related to legitimacy and legitimation work (i.e., how UCS personnel believe they are perceived by others and the strategies UCS services use to modify others' perceptions).
The volume begins with three theoretical chapters that discuss general concepts and challenges of legitimacy and legitimation in relation to IOs and, in doing so, offer some original insights on these wider theoretical questions.
The first discusses the theory of political legitimacy and legitimation. The second section examines the CPV's legitimacy prior to the country's unification in 1975.