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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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It is because too many parties want additional water without paying for it, an objective legitimatized by the public trust doctrine.
The tax regime of 50 years ago was legitimatized by a broad consensus about the proper uses of shared prosperity.
The factions that are in control on the ground owing to their weapons and their victory over Israel are in need for a greater legitimatized role.
After the collapse of "socialism" in its generally Soviet type, states have found in Europe a direction already taken -- which wasn't the case south of the Balkans -- and have established in Asia a violence legitimatized differently, through significant material and cultural victories (China, Korea, etc.).
This accounting fiction was at first opposed by the accounting profession, but was ultimately legitimatized by Congress and grudgingly accepted in SFAS 72, Accounting for Certain Acquisitions of Banking or Thrift Institutions.