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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 party said that adopting a report that legitimatizes the siege on Gaza puts international organizations in place of partnership with Israel in the siege on Gaza which is considered by the Goldstone report as collective punishment violating the international law and article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention.
Bahrain's approval of the forces' entry itself legitimatizes their presence in the kingdom," he stressed in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat today.
Professor Haire, noting that the "combination of high technology and seemingly medieval tribal conflict has become the pattern of our times, and this, at times stimulated from the West, legitimatizes a culture of violence by invoking God arbitrarily to suit a particular agenda for aggression.