Definition of legitimacy in English:

legitimacy

Line breaks: le¦git¦im|acy
Pronunciation: /lɪˈdʒɪtɪməsi
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1Conformity to the law or to rules: refusal to recognize the legitimacy of both governments
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  • The legality and legitimacy of that action must be subject to judicial review.
  • This gets to the heart of legitimacy in rule making and the governance of the IMF.
  • He is also in a unique legal position to question the Law Society's legitimacy.
1.1(With reference to a child) the quality of being legitimate: disputes over the legitimacy of heirs
2Ability to be defended with logic or justification; validity: it is difficult to judge the legitimacy of the rumour
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  • Her justification for the legitimacy of astrology as a valid science went something like this.
  • The protectors of pornography have arguments and principles; the status quo supports the validity and legitimacy of their world view.
  • His more modest aim is that of criticizing the claim that science has a monopoly on truth by defending the legitimacy of experiences of truth which do not depend on and are even distorted by method.

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