1. (noun) Political support based on the authority and power of public officials, public policy, and the political structure.
Example: Citizens supporting their government’s decision to go to war with another country.
2. (noun) The rightful exercise of authority, force, and power by a person or group, particularly an institution that commands and demands obedience.
Example: Seat belt laws are legitimate because the police issue citations that are upheld by the courts, based on laws passed by the legislature.
Audio Pronunciation: (le·git·i·ma·cy)
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- Plural: legitimacies
- A (noun) legitimator (verb) legitimizes or (verb) legitimatizes something through the process of (noun) legitimation or (noun) legitimization and provides (noun) legitimateness (adverb) legitimately.