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One that believes in or advocates rule by hereditary right.

le·git′i·mism n.
le·git′i·mist adj.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a monarchist who supports the rule of a legitimate dynasty or of its senior branch
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a supporter of the elder line of the Bourbon family in France
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter of legitimate authority
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to legitimists
leˈgitimism n
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(lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪst)

1. a supporter of legitimate authority, esp. of a claim to a throne based on direct descent.
2. Also, le•git`i•mis′tic. of, pertaining to, or supporting legitimate authority.
[1835–45; < French légitimiste]
le•git′i•mism, n.
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a supporter of legitimate authority, especially of claims to a throne based on the rights of heredity. — legitimism, n.
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References in classic literature ?
It happened, while we lay in the bleaching grounds, that one half of the piece extended into a part of the field that came under the management of a legitimist, while the other invaded the dominions of a liberal.
{bleaching grounds = open spaces where newly woven linen is spread to whiten in the sun; legitimist....
At once it occurred to Mills that this eccentric youngster was the very person for what the legitimist sympathizers had very much at heart just then: to organize a supply by sea of arms and ammunition to the Carlist detachments in the South.
And we were all ardent Royalists of the snow-white Legitimist complexion - Heaven only knows why!
Do you know what a Legitimist is, or an Ultramontane?
It naturally seemed to members of the English Parliament that the cause of the war was Napoleon's ambition; to the Duke of Oldenburg, that the cause of the war was the violence done to him; to businessmen that the cause of the way was the Continental System which was ruining Europe; to the generals and old soldiers that the chief reason for the war was the necessity of giving them employment; to the legitimists of that day that it was the need of re-establishing les bons principes, and to the diplomatists of that time that it all resulted from the fact that the alliance between Russia and Austria in 1809 had not been sufficiently well concealed from Napoleon, and from the awkward wording of Memorandum No.
One section of the French Legitimists and "Young England" exhibited this spectacle.
McMeekin's point-of-view is legitimist, defending the legally constituted authority against treacherous usurpers from below or outside who undermined the organs of order, most particularly the army.
Legitimist, and Coercive Interpretations of International Society,"
The decision to refer to the movement in the title as a "nahda" rather than, as in most of the rest of the article, a haraka (movement) or thawra (revolution) might be an effort to mobilize the positive and legitimist connotations the word probably had for al-HilaVs readership, making them more receptive to the insurgency.
Gerechtigkeit gilt als die politische Kardinalstugend und ist fur die Legitimist des Regierungshandelns ebenso bedeutsam wie fur Verhandlungen im Rahmen einer Global Governance.
The nobility and members of the high bourgeoisie favored the upper crust legitimist conservative journal Le Gaulois.