legitimacy

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

noun

the state or quality of being legitimate.

Nearby words

  1. legislatrix,
  2. legislature,
  3. legist,
  4. legit,
  5. legitim,
  6. legitimate,
  7. legitimate government,
  8. legitimation,
  9. legitimatize,
  10. legitime

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

legitimacy

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper