Definition of Legitimacy

1. Noun. Lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law.

Generic synonyms: Lawfulness
Antonyms: Illegitimacy
Derivative terms: Legitimate



2. Noun. Undisputed credibility.
Exact synonyms: Authenticity, Genuineness
Generic synonyms: Believability, Credibility, Credibleness
Specialized synonyms: Real Mccoy, Real Stuff, Real Thing
Derivative terms: Authentic, Authentic, Genuine, Genuine

Definition of Legitimacy

1. n. The state, or quality, of being legitimate, or in conformity with law; hence, the condition of having been lawfully begotten, or born in wedlock.

Definition of Legitimacy

1. Noun. the quality of being legitimate or valid; validity ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Legitimacy

1. [n -CIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Legitimacy

legislatorial
legislators
legislatorship
legislatorships
legislatour
legislatress
legislatresses
legislatrix
legislature
legislatures
legist
legists
legit
legitim
legitimacies
legitimacy (current term)
legitimate
legitimated
legitimately
legitimateness
legitimates
legitimating
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legitimations
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legitimatist
legitimatists
legitimatization
legitimatize
legitimatized

Literary usage of Legitimacy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Constitutional Conventions: Their History, Powers, and Modes by John Alexander Jameson (1887)
"OF THE REQUISITES TO THE legitimacy OF CONVENTIONS, AND OF THEIR HISTORY § 104. HAVING, in the two preceding chapters, considered the doctrine of ..."

2. Principles of Political Economy by Charles Gide (1903)
"The legitimacy of the Rent of Land If we accept the theory that has just been explained, it follows: (a) that land-rent is the result of a kind of monopoly ..."

3. The Recognition Policy of the United States by Julius Goebel (1915)
"It first appears as a dynastic legitimacy somewhat in the sense in which Talleyrand used it, as the theory which upheld the established hereditary right of ..."

4. A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology by Henry Cadwalader Chapman (1892)
"CASES involving the questions of legitimacy and inheritance are not often decided by the testimony of the medical expert alone, the evidence necessary to ..."

5. A Treatise on Private International Law: With Principal Reference to Its by John Westlake (1890)
"legitimacy. The subject of legitimacy is one with regard to which it is impossible fully to carry out the maxim of determining questions of status by the ..."

6. Legal Medicine by Charles Meymott Tidy (1884)
"CHAPTER I. legitimacy AND PATERNITY, General Facts Relating to legitimacy—Impotence and Sterility in the Male and Female—Causes of Impotence and Sterility ..."

7. Medical jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor, Edward Hartshorne (1861)
"The party whose legitimacy was in question was sworn by one of the witnesses ... Evidence for and against the legitimacy of the claimant had been collected ..."

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