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legitimacy

[li-jit-uh-muh-see] /lɪˈdʒɪt ə mə si/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being legitimate.
Origin of legitimacy
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; legitim(ate) + -acy
Related forms
nonlegitimacy, noun
Synonyms
lawfulness, legality, rightfulness.
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n.

1690s, of children; general use by 1836; see legitimate + -cy. Legitimateness an earlier word for it.

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