What does the word legitimacy mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Victor Hugo
  2. The Acts and rulings relating to Marriage and Legitimacy are extremely complicated. – Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by 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 by James Payn