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Meaning of LEGITIMACY

Pronunciation:  li'jitumusee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  undisputed credibility
  2. [n]  lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law
 

LEGITIMACY is a 10 letter word that starts with L.

 

 Synonyms: authenticity, genuineness
 
 Antonyms: illegitimacy
 
 See Also: believability, credibility, credibleness, lawfulness, real McCoy, real stuff, real thing

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Le*git"i*ma*cy\ (-[i^]*m[.a]*s[y^]), n. [See
{Legitimate}, a.]
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.                     --Macaulay.

 
Glossary
 
 Definition: the right to rule on the basis of recognized principles.
 
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 Related Terms: absolute power, absolute realism, absolutism, actionability, admissibility, admissibleness, allowableness, applicability, artlessness, authenticity, authority, bona fideness, competence, competency, constituted authority, constitutional validity, constitutionalism, constitutionality, defensibility, delegated authority, divine right, due process, excusability, explainability, explicability, faculty, forgivableness, genuineness, honesty, inartificiality, indirect authority, inherent authority, jurisdiction, jus divinum, justice, justiciability, justifiability, justifiableness, lawful authority, lawfulness, legal authority, legal form, legal process, legalism, legality, legitimateness, licitness, lifelikeness, literalism, literality, literalness, naturalism, naturalness, pardonableness, permissibility, permissibleness, photographic realism, power, prerogative, realism, realness, reasonability, reasonableness, regality, remissibility, right, rightful authority, rightfulness, royal prerogative, sanctionableness, scope, sincerity, the say, the say-so, true-to-lifeness, truth to nature, unadulteration, unaffectedness, unfictitiousness, unspeciousness, unspuriousness, unsyntheticness, validity, veniality, verisimilitude, vested authority, vicarious authority, vindicability, warrantableness
 

 

 

 

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