legitimation legitimation


  1. (n) the act of rendering a person legitimate
  2. (n) the act of making lawful



  1. But a longing for legitimation may hamper him more than it tempers him.
  2. With the new legitimation of pleasure, the American woman increasingly tries to combine the roles of wife and mistress with the same man, that is.
  3. Founder Kuno Lichtwer, now 66 and retired, believes that phytodrugs need credible scientific legitimation to become genuine alternatives to synthetic medicines.


  1. In that letter, released by the Vatican on June 30, Pope Benedict XVI asked "that legitimation, once it has occurred, is brought into the public domain at the earliest opportunity, and that the legitimized bishops provide unequivocal and increasing...
    on Oct 1, 2007 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Catholic Online

  2. "If we are to continue to further develop this agenda," Schroeder told parliament, "then a legitimation through (new) elections is essential."
    on Jul 1, 2005 By: Gerhard Schroeder Source: Spiegel Online

  3. Mr. Menand argues, for instance, that the failing credibility of the humanities has really not been a bad thing at all, because it means that "one part of the university," by continually enacting a "crisis of institutional legitimation,"...
    on Jan 14, 2010 By: Louis Menand Source: Wall Street Journal

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