- to make legal; authorize.
Also especially British, le·gal·ise.
Origin of legalize
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Examples from the Web for legalization
The month of May will see an Irish referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
Legalization in the first two states in America to do so has been highly criticized.The Real Election Winner: Weed
November 5, 2014
Sabet says the Florida ballot measure was a Trojan Horse for legalization and voters were seeing it for what it was.Ganja Vs. Geezers in the Sunshine State
November 3, 2014
One other big movement behind the push for legalization is, ironically, feminism.Why It's Time to Legalize Prostitution
August 15, 2014
In 1996, only 27 percent of Americans supported the legalization of same-sex marriage.Justice Kennedy Opened the Door to Same-Sex Marriage, Will He Walk Through Next?
Geoffrey R. Stone
August 3, 2014
Legalization would lessen the charm of forbidden fruit, would decrease sweetness already tasted, more than it would promise new.In Vain
It is to the historical jurist exactly the same thing as the legalization of the Ulster tenant right.
An exactly parallel case is the legalization in England of that customary tenant-right known as copyhold.
Legalization of abortion for social and economic reasons was also put forward.
- to make lawful or legal
- to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
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Word Origin and History for legalization
1805, noun of action from legalize.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper