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legitimation (n.)

mid-15c., legitimacion, "official declaration of legitimacy," from Old French légitimation and directly from Medieval Latin legitimationem (nominative legitimatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of legitimare "make lawful, declare to be lawful" (see legitimate (adj.)).

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Definitions of legitimation from WordNet

legitimation (n.)
the act of rendering a person legitimate;
he has filial rights because he obtained letters of legitimation from the king
his parents' subsequent marriage resulted in his legitimation
legitimation (n.)
the act of making lawful;
Synonyms: legalization / legalisation
From wordnet.princeton.edu