legitimacy definition

  • noun:
    • The quality or reality to be legitimate.
    • the caliber of being legitimate or legitimate; credibility
    • hawaii, or quality, of being genuine, or perhaps in conformity with law; therefore, the condition of having already been lawfully begotten, or produced in wedlock.
    • hawaii of being genuine; conformity to law, rule, or principle; all-natural or logical result; regularity; propriety; correctness: since, the authenticity of a government, of an argument, or of a conclusion.
    • Specifically Lawfulness of birth: opposed to bastardy.
    • Directness or regularity of descent, as influencing the right of succession. See legitimist, 2.
    • undisputed credibility
    • lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or perhaps in accordance with legislation

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