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legitimacy

noun [U] uk   /ləˈdʒɪt.ɪ.mə.si/ us    /-ˈdʒɪt̬-/

legitimacy noun [U] (LEGAL)

the quality of being legal : The lawyers expressed serious doubts about the legitimacy of military action.

legitimacy noun [U] (REASONABLE)

the quality of being reasonable and acceptable: She challenged the legitimacy of the previous speaker's arguments.
Translations of “legitimacy”
in Chinese (Traditional) 合法性, 合理性…
in Chinese (Simplified) 合法性, 合理性…
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