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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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[lɪˌdʒɪtɪˈmeɪʃn] Nlegitimación f
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nLegitimation f; (= action)Legitimierung f
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References in classic literature ?
"But, my dear," said Prince Vasili suddenly, clutching the little table and becoming more animated and talking more rapidly: "what if a letter has been written to the Emperor in which the count asks for Pierre's legitimation? Do you understand that in consideration of the count's services, his request would be granted?..."
And herein is the legitimation of criticism, in the mind's faith that the poems are a corrupt version of some text in nature with which they ought to be made to tally.
Research to date has emphasised three legitimation strategies directed at various external sociopolitical recipients (i.e., legitimacy providers), such as the regulator and the media (Deephouse 1996): isomorphism (conformism to local institutions), transference (partnership with legitimate local actors), and sociopolitical activism (establishing relationships with host and home governments).
Among their topics are the development and current state of approaches to choice of law, basic considerations in personal jurisdiction, specific jurisdiction in statutory cases, limitations on jurisdiction, the dissolution of domestic relationships and its consequences, legitimation and adoption, trusts and powers of appointment, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and decrees.
'Recognition of RS in Dayton was legitimation of a crime which RS resulted from and an award for committed genocide.
The monitoring inspections are obvious in which the NRA employees are legitimate and make an explicit observation of the operation of the business premises by monitoring whether all sales are marked on fiscal devices, said Vassilev and assured that most of the checks are done without prior legitimation .
I discuss a general point concerning the present state of social-economic inequalities in contemporary societies: it is necessary to face conservative systemic comprehensions of social evolution and their consequence, that is, strong institutionalism in relation to the coordination and legitimation of social systems, which leads to their depoliticization and the subordination of democratic politics to economic unpolitical and impersonal mechanisms, monopolized by oligarchies, political parties and technocracy.
The Legitimation Standard in the Early Twentieth Century B.
The analysis operates with a concept of legitimation based on the work of Theo van Leeuwen.
Yet, no research has explored the things that Canadian UCS services say and do in order to modify how their university communities and political masters perceive their legitimacy through engaging in what Thumala, Goold, and Loader (2011) have termed "legitimation work." The legitimation work discussed below is intended to increase how others perceive UCS services' legitimacy.
Otherwise, he adds, everyone would be able to say, "Fidel would never have done that." But this way, Raul Castro is able to say the same thing in the name of the revolution, "with all the historical legitimation," according to Hoffmann.