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To make lawful, such as when a child is born prior to the parents' marriage and they subsequently wed and thereby confer upon the child the same legal status as those born in lawful wedlock.

That which is lawful, legal, recognized by law, or in accordance with law, such as legitimate children or legitimate authority; real, valid, or genuine.




adj., adv.: 1) legal, proper, real. 2) referring to a child born to parents who are married. A baby born to parents who are not married is illegitimate, but can be made legitimate (legitimatized) by the subsequent marriage of the parents. 3) v. to make proper and/or legal.


authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law.

LEGITIMATE. That which is according to law; as, legitimate children, are lawful children, born in wedlock, in contradistinction to bastards; legitimate authority, or lawful power, in opposition to usurpation.

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Not surprisingly, with the moral stakes so high, the legal thinker in the grips of this kind of legitimation strategy tends to worry a lot.
This dramatic arresting effect is part of the legitimation or delegitimation value of these terms.
This thesis may do much to enhance our understanding of legitimacy and legitimation; it may be used to disrupt their status in political discourse; it may disappear, unacceptable to the way we like to think of our political existence.
(1.) Key works include Rodney Barker, Political legitimacy and the state (Oxford: Clarendon, 1990); David Beetham, The Legitimation of Power (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1991); Tom Franck, The Powered of Legitimacy among Nations (New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990).