legitimation, n.

1. The act of making something lawful; authorization.

2. The act or process of authoritatively declaring a person legitimate, esp. a child whose parentage has been unclear. [Cases: Children Out-of-Wedlock

8. C.J.S. Children Out-of-Wedlock § 23.]

3. Hist. Proof of a person’s identity and of legal permission to reside in a certain place or engage in a certain occupation. Cf. ADOPTION . — legitimate (l[schwa]-jit-[schwa]-mayt), vb.

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