legitimacy legitimacy  /lə ˈdʒɪ tə mə si/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law
  2. (n) undisputed credibility

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. It gave him legitimacy and enhanced his stature within the broader Iraqi community.
  2. The reality is that the legitimacy of his government rests on pleasing Cubans but not straying too far from Fidel.
  3. Still, the regime always sought to affirm its legitimacy through holding elections for parliament and the president.

News

  1. Sources: Clips focus on Doc, trades later

    The Los Angeles Clippers have a new strategy in the wake of David Stern's public comments Thursday expressing serious misgivings about the legitimacy of the proposed trade of Kevin Garnett and corresponding transaction that would transport Doc Rivers from
    on June 21, 2013     Source: ESPN

  2. Rumors on Ivy Bridge-E: 3 SKUs, September Release?

    A performance enthusiast always wants to know what is coming next.  This morning HardwareLuxx published a rather interesting and official looking Intel slide detailing information about the upcoming enthusiast platform, Ivy Bridge-E.  While we cannot confirm the legitimacy of the slide, it does follow several patterns we had been assuming for a while. Firstly the launch date is a little ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: AnandTech

  3. Obama says reports U.S. ready for war in Syria are exaggerated

    BERLIN (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday reports that the United States was ready to go to war in Syria were exaggerated and he also reiterated his view that the Damascus government had used chemical weapons and could not regain legitimacy. "Some of the stories that have been out there publicly have gotten a little overcranked in terms of the idea that somehow the United ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. As he said in his Cairo speech, "The US does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop."
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: New Republic (blog)

  2. On Sunday, after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Mr. Abbas told reporters: "We do not want the Americans to negotiate on our behalf. All that we want from them is to stand by (our) legitimacy ...... and have a minimum of neutrality."
    on May 18, 2008 By: Mahmoud Abbas Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. "Such support frees up other resources within the organization that may be put to violent ends. It also helps lend legitimacy to foreign terrorist groups," wrote Chief Justice John Roberts for the majority.
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: John Roberts Source: msnbc.com

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