• WordNet 3.6
    • n legitimacy undisputed credibility
    • n legitimacy lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Legitimacy The state, or quality, of being legitimate, or in conformity with law; hence, the condition of having been lawfully begotten, or born in wedlock. "The doctrine of Divine Right, which has now come back to us, like a thief from transportation, under the alias of Legitimacy ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n legitimacy The state of being legitimate; conformity to law, rule, or principle; natural or logical result; regularity; propriety; correctness: as, the legitimacy of a government, of an argument, or of a conclusion.
    • n legitimacy Specifically Lawfulness of birth: opposed to bastardy.
    • n legitimacy Directness or regularity of descent, as affecting the right of succession. See legitimist, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Legitimacy state of being legitimate: lawfulness of birth: regular deduction: directness of descent as affecting the royal succession
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Legitimate (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. legitimāre. -ātum—L. legitimus, lawful—lex, law.


In literature:

I know nothing of a legitimacy extraneous to these principles.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
The child whose legitimacy was called in question was born on the 8th of December of that year.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
The public ceremony was needed in order to establish rights of property and inheritance, legitimacy, and civil rights.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
An insurrection in the streets of Paris had overthrown the throne of the Bourbons, and with it the doctrine of legitimacy.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
We'll get this set of equipment in public, and with apparent legitimacy.
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
They must be reconciled to their rulers so as to harmonize the claims of legitimacy and liberty.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
The question of the legitimacy in art of the kind of realism which Guy de Maupassant practised, goes incalculably deep.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
Both were nevertheless overpowered by the sense of their legitimacy and sacred aloofness.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
And if it be too late for legitimacy, it is not for a constitutional throne.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
And there would be no pope to give legitimacy to his invasion.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Was not her legitimacy dependent on the invalidity of her father's marriage with his brother's widow?
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
No one denied the validity of the title, according to the principles of legitimacy, of Henry IV.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
This is a serious matter, reflecting as it does upon the legitimacy of my lately recovered son.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98 February 15, 1890" by Various
The legitimacy of the enquiry cannot be questioned.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
We have only to get all the information we can upon the legitimacy of the political idea.
"Anarchism and Socialism" by George Plechanoff
Liberty (the philosopher's and the poet's bride) had fallen a victim, meanwhile, to the murderous practice of the hag, Legitimacy.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
It was the last decisive opportunity for them to reject the legitimacy of the Council.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
I will not admit the legitimacy of any tyranny which could so coerce me!
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
Here the question of Mary's legitimacy was debated, and this gave Henry another excuse for regarding the divorce as necessary.
"Henry VIII and His Court" by Herbert Tree
The legitimacy of textual criticism is universally recognized.
"The Christian View of the Old Testament" by Frederick Carl Eiselen

In news:

Protests Lead Top Tribunal to Put Off Decree on Constitutional Panel's Legitimacy, Escalating Fight.
With no veto available to objecting countries such as the United States in the UN General Assembly, support from powerful European states has been seen as crucial to the legitimacy of Palestinian demands.
An Arizona judge is questioning the legitimacy of Thomas Beatie's marriage, because after being legally declared male, Beatie gave birth to three children.
Trump fires back, says he questions 'legitimacy, accuracy' of number of signatures.
NPR badgers oversight panel chair over her legitimacy.
No one with any sense can argue against the legitimacy of Jeremy Lin right now.
If you ever have questions about the legitimacy of a request, call the organization first.
Any suggestion of compromise or acceptance of the legitimacy of your enemy's ideology is a sign of your weakness—which only provokes further attacks.
TODAY'S QUESTION: Is there any legitimacy to Kissinger 's 'unconcerned' mindset.
Ke$ha: A 'Warrior' In Search Of Legitimacy .
Palestinians affirming legitimacy of their state which must become independent.
Hamas May Be Closer To Regional Legitimacy .
No title, but Boerne Geneva gets ' legitimacy .
But the whole question of the legitimacy or legality of same-sex marriage should be moot.
Ahmadinejad's Enhanced Legitimacy Must Be Challenged.

In science:

Legitimacy of the space syntax approach is based on the surprisingly high degree of correlation between aggregate human movement rates and spatial configuration analyzed in space syntax theory by means of dual city graphs.
Transport Networks Revisited: Why Dual Graphs?
It seems to have put some emphasis on the quantum mechanical legitimacy of the twofold description of photons mentioned anteriorly.
Pseudo-Unitary Dynamics of Free Relativistic Quantum Mechanical Twofold Systems
The legitimacy of post-data error probabilities underlying the hypothetical reasoning can be used to go beyond the N-P accept/reject rules and provide an evidential interpretation pertaining to the discrepancy from the null warranted by data x0 .
Why the Decision Theoretic Perspective Misrepresents Frequentist Inference: 'Nuts and Bolts' vs. Learning from Data
This result is not new, appearing as it does in Refs. and , but the reminder is worthwhile in order to put to rest more recent concerns as to the legitimacy of ignoring the broken electroweak symmetries in the effective lagrangian.
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians
To that end, we argue that the legitimacy of the equilibrium approach often centers on the question of relative time scales.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists
Without these two axioms, gatekeeping would lose much of its legitimacy.
True Peer Review
It would be good if I had those answers but the legitimacy of true peer review does not rest upon answering those questions.
True Peer Review
Before any results or observations are given this procedure will be discussed in terms of its legitimacy.
An extension of the Hirsch Index: Indexing scientific topics and compounds
One might be concerned about the legitimacy of the SU(2) limit, since ChPT does not control the ms dependence when ms becomes large.
$B_K$ using HYP-smeared staggered fermions in $N_f=2+1$ unquenched QCD
But when screening is expected to occur, it is quite a common practice to rather bluntly replace the Coulomb potential by a screened potential inherited from meanfield theories without inquiring too deeply into the legitimacy of this change.
Coulomb systems at low density