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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.



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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.

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authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law.
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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The `impressionable' group cited by The Times occupies this role as a discursive legitimator of increased media regulation, but, characteristically, it is not made clear who this group is.
The history of science, its errors as well as its successes, its peculiar obsessions and its ideological role as a legitimator of the social order, cannot be understood unless we recognize that scientists can only approach the world in ways which are shaped by their own class perspectives and their assumptions as predominantly white males in a racist and patriarchal society.
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"One danger for us," she declared in her 1973 keynote address, "is that we may become legitimators of society's commonly held values.
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Cawson, at this point, argues that "...corporatist system entails a change in the role of political parties from representative and interest aggregating bodies to legitimators of policy generated in the corporate sector of interest representation." (1978: 185).
Solar deities, above all Amun-Re, are shown to be the most important of the king's legitimators, though any such conclusions may be insecure due to the possibly unrepresentative contexts and findspots of the monuments.
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