AskDefine | Define legitimacy

Dictionary Definition



1 lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law [ant: illegitimacy]
2 undisputed credibility [syn: authenticity, genuineness]

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  1. the quality of being legitimate or valid; validity

Extensive Definition

Legitimacy, from the Latin word legitimare, may refer to:
legitimacy in German: Legitimität
legitimacy in Hebrew: לגיטימציה

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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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