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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Latin
Origin: legitimus; LEGITIMATE


Related topics: Children
le‧git‧i‧mize also legitimise British English [transitive]
1 to make something that is unfair or morally wrong seem acceptable and right:
There is a danger that these films legitimize violence.
2 to make something official or legal:
Acceptance by the UN would effectively legitimize the regime.
3SSC when parents legitimize a child, they get married so that the child becomes legitimate1 (3)

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