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legitimacy

[li-jit-uh-muh-see]
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noun
  1. the state or quality of being legitimate.
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Origin of legitimacy

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

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lawfulness, legality, rightfulness.
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Word Origin and History for legitimacy

n.

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

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