- The definition of legitimize is to make something legal or to make it acceptable, permissible or correct.
When you make a previously forbidden behavior legal, this is an example of a time when you legitimize the behavior.
legitimize definition by Webster's New World
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- legitimization noun
legitimize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb le·git·i·mized, le·git·i·miz·ing, le·git·i·miz·es
- le·gitˌi·mi·zaˈtion noun
- le·gitˈi·mizˌer noun