the state or quality of being legitimate.

Origin of legitimacy

First recorded in 1685–95; legitim(ate) + -acy
Related formsnon·le·git·i·ma·cy, noun

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Word Origin and History for legitimacy

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

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