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Pronunciation:  li'jitumusee

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  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
\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.

 Definition: the right to rule on the basis of recognized principles.
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