legitimize legitimize  /lə ˈdʒɪ tə ˌmaɪz/


  • (v) make legal


  1. In its all-out embrace of such sales, however, it did legitimize the notion that practically any adult could handle a big fat mortgage.
  2. McConnell and Baker were basically trying to legitimize their association as best they could, but they say that they also had inheritance rights in mind.
  3. A vocal minority of historians known as biblical minimalists claim that most of Kings was a myth concocted hundreds of years later to legitimize a later regime.


  1. Blackhawks vs. Bruins: Is a Place in the NHL Pantheon on the Line for Chicago?

    History will determine how the 2013 Stanley Cup champion will be remembered. Critics may say that a 48-game regular season diminishes the accomplishments of the team that ends up hoisting the Stanley Cup, claiming the 48-game regular season was not enough of a test to legitimize the championship. That would seem to be a claim that is easily debunked, because the level of competition was even ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  2. My 2013 Major League Soccer All-Star Ballot

    COMMENTARY | I don't like a single thing about the Major League Soccer All-Star game. It occurs in the middle of the season, it involves European clubs that do not in any way legitimize America's top-flight league, and it is just one of several friendlies involving MLS sides that happen during what should be league match days. The exhibition continues to be a yearly occurrence nevertheless, so I ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Israel ranks low in international giving

    A philanthropy expert says citizens could actually legitimize the state of Israel as a part of the world family by giving more to support other people. JERUSALEM — Israeli doctors were among the first to set up emergency hospitals in Haiti after its devastating 2010 earthquake. Israel also swiftly dispatched water-purification experts to Japan following the 2011 tsunami and trauma experts to ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "We need to engage with our allies in Latin America and Europe to encourage Cuba on to the right path," Clinton said in the speech at George Washington University. "But we simply cannot legitimize rogue regimes or weaken American prestige by...
    on Feb 25, 2008 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Post-Bulletin

  2. "We call upon the international community not to participate in this conference, which seeks to legitimize hatred and extremism under the banner of the fight against racism," Livni added.
    on Nov 19, 2008 By: Tzipi Livni Source: Reuters South Africa

  3. "This is the traditional way of doing things for the Communist party's propaganda department. They always try to use the information to legitimize the government, and don't try to reflect, summarize experiences or prevent disasters from happening...
    on May 21, 2006 By: Li Datong Source: 940 News

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anachronistic anachronistic
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