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legitimation (lɪˌdʒɪtɪˈmeɪʃən) 



  1. the act or process of making lawful or legal   ⇒ the legitimation of state constitutions
  2. the act or process of making (a child) legitimate by legal means, such as by the subsequent marriage of the child's parents   ⇒ the legitimation of the child




 (lɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪt Pronunciation for
  1. born in lawful wedlock; enjoying full filial rights
  2. conforming to established standards of usage, behaviour, etc
  3. based on correct or acceptable principles of reasoning
  4. reasonable, sensible, or valid   ⇒ a legitimate question
  5. authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
  6. of, relating to, or ruling by hereditary right   ⇒ a legitimate monarch
  7. of or relating to a body of famous long-established plays as distinct from films, television, vaudeville, etc   ⇒ the legitimate theatre


 (lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmeɪt Pronunciation for
  1. (transitive) to make, pronounce, or show to be legitimate

Derived Forms

leˈgitimacy, leˈgitimateness noun
leˈgitimately adverb
leˌgitiˈmation noun

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin lēgitimātus made legal, from lēx law

Example Sentences Including 'legitimation'

For them phrenology was a powerful legitimation for their political campaign.
Yearley, Steven Science, Technology, and Social Change
He says Security Council legitimation will buy her only so much time before her allies in the unions and party rank and file get up in arms.
New Zealand Herald (2003)


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