[ li-jit-uh-mahyz ]
/ lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmaɪz /
verb (used with object), le·git·i·mized, le·git·i·miz·ing.
to make legitimate.
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Also especially British, le·git·i·mise.
Related formsle·git·i·mi·za·tion, noun
Can be confusedlegitimate legitimize
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Examples from the Web for legitimization
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Of course, it took the legitimization of the ultra sexy corset for women to decide to abandon it.
British Dictionary definitions for legitimization
legitimise legitimatize or legitimatise (lɪˈdʒɪtɪməˌtaɪz)
/ (lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz) /
(tr) to make legitimate; legalize
Derived Formslegitimization, legitimisation, legitimatization or legitimatisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for legitimization
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