Definition of "legitimacy" [le•git•i•ma•cy]

  • The quality or fact of being legitimate. (noun)

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Use "legitimacy" in a sentence
  • "Whereas authority refers to a specific position in an established government, the term legitimacy is used when describing a system of government itself - where government may be generalized to mean the wider 'sphere of influence.'"
  • ""A Muslim prayer leader addressing worshippers in the capital seized on Saleh's use of the word "legitimacy" and asked "what legitimacy is this man talking about?"
  • "Republicans made the conscious decision to turn healthcare into a referendum on legitimacy, and I believe that much of that refusal to accept his legitimacy is fueled by the fact that he is not white."