Definitions of legitimacy

  1. The state or condition of being allowed by law; lawfulness of birth. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. State of being legitimate or according to law: lawfulness of birth: genuineness: regular deduction. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Lawfulness of birth; genuineness; logical sequence or deduction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. Accordance with law or established usage; lawfulness of birth, as opposed to bastardy; regular sequence or deduction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for legitimacy

  1. They must be reconciled to their rulers so as to harmonize the claims of legitimacy and liberty. – William Pitt and the Great War by John Holland Rose
  2. It was the evidence of her wifehood, the seal of her child's legitimacy her patent of nobility,- the token of her own and her child's claim to social place and consideration. – The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt