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legitimacymore about legitimacy


  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Legitimacy  \Le*git"i*ma*cy\  (-[i^]*m[.a]*s[y^]),  n.  [See 
  {Legitimate},  a.] 
  The  state,  or  quality,  of  being  legitimate,  or  in  conformity 
  with  law;  hence  the  condition  of  having  been  lawfully 
  begotten,  or  born  in  wedlock. 
  The  doctrine  of  Divine  Right  which  has  now  come  back 
  to  us  like  a  thief  from  transportation,  under  the 
  alias  of  Legitimacy.  --Macaulay. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  lawfulness  by  virtue  of  being  authorized  or  in  accordance 
  with  law  [ant:  {illegitimacy}] 
  2:  undisputed  credibility  [syn:  {authenticity},  {genuineness}] 

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