legitimacy

[ li-jit-uh-muh-see ]
/ lɪˈdʒɪt ə mə si /

noun

the state or quality of being legitimate.

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Origin of legitimacy

First recorded in 1685–95; legitim(ate) + -acy

OTHER WORDS FROM legitimacy

non·le·git·i·ma·cy, noun
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