Part of speech: noun

The quality of being legitimate.

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Usage examples "legitimacy":

  1. Yes, sometimes, from the lofty words he uses, when one hears him make incredible appeals to posterity, to that posterity which will shudder with horror and wrath at him; when one hears him speak coolly of his " legitimacy," and his " mission," one is almost tempted to think that he has come to take himself into high consideration, and that his head is turned to such a degree that he no longer perceives what he is, nor what he does. - "Napoleon the Little", Victor Hugo.
  2. The Acts and rulings relating to Marriage and Legitimacy are extremely complicated. - "Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology", W. G. Aitchison Robertson.
  3. The law, it is true, has decided against your legitimacy, but the Church is bound to think otherwise. - "Bred in the Bone", James Payn.