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legitimate

1. authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
2. of, relating to, or ruling by hereditary right
3. of or relating to a body of famous long-established plays as distinct from films, television, vaudeville, etc.
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The delegitimators outscored the legitimators and they positioned themselves as citizens belonging to member states and having a personal authority regarding this issue.
More important, by the middle 1960s, he had become the "Great Legitimator.
As Hobsbawm suggests, history serves as "a legitimator of action and cement of group cohesion" that can "give any desired change (or resistance to innovation) the sanction of precedent, social continuity and natural law as expressed in history.
83) Penn appears to believe that by removing the persecution weapon out of its traditional rhetorical circuit, it will cease to function as a legitimator of aggressive counter-action, and that as a result revenge will be morally unavailable as a course of action.
The same ambivalence is legible through Shakespeare's long reign as a worldwide cultural idol, proffered as a means of self-improvement for the working classes, but also wielded as a legitimator of traditional class distinctions.
Conclusions in these works dovetail well with earlier work on tradition and memory, suggesting that people strive to establish continuity with a suitable historic past in order to "use history as a legitimator of action and cement of group cohesion.
She may have some general idea about Becker's role as a pioneer in bringing economics into the family realm and as an avid legitimator of the patriarchal family.
participation as a "particularly venerable legitimator of local
Thus tablets inscribed to dead West Indian planters--purchased by mail order and shipped perilously abroad--confirmed that the dead had not died and gone to heaven, but rather to an England that they had never really left and that remained an unchanging legitimator of the cultural project the planters had been furthering.