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  • n  the act of rendering a person legitimate
    he has filial rights because he obtained letters of legitimation from the king
    his parents' subsequent marriage resulted in his legitimation
  • n  the act of making lawful

  • Last month voters in Arizona and California passed ballot propositions that legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, a kind of backdoor quasi-legitimation alarming to .
  • More particularly, and to confine ourselves to recent events, the nomination of Samuel Alito and the drafting and legitimation of the "surge" strategy by Retired General Jack Keane .
  • But a longing for legitimation may hamper him more than it tempers him.

  • Pope Benedict XVI in Catholic Online
    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...
  • Gerhard Schroeder in Spiegel Online
    If we are to continue to further develop this agenda,Schroeder told parliament, "then a legitimation through (new) elections is essential."
  • Louis Menand in Wall Street Journal
    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,"...

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