Definition of delegitimate in English:

delegitimate

verb

  • another term for delegitimize
    • ‘Have we sidelined the sceptic (and the traditional epistemologist) by delegitimating the idea of global justification?’
    • ‘Although military occupation seems necessary to the process, it is likely - especially when it is unilateral - to delegitimate any state system that it produces.’
    • ‘This model delegitimates ‘ordinary knowledge’ and depreciates the capacities, talents, and interests of the nonexpert and the amateur.’
    • ‘At the minimum, they wipe out rational debate about problems or conflicts, and they strive to demonize and delegitimate the target, whether ethnic group or nation-state.’
    • ‘Both are designed to delegitimate having any debate over the proper size and role of the federal government.’
    • ‘In important respects, the belief has been delegitimated.’
    • ‘Conversely, subordinate groups' definitions are often ignored, delegitimated or pathologized.’
    • ‘If professors set aside a minute or ten to discuss the war, then does this delegitimate broader student complaints that their concerns are not being met?’
    • ‘The Japanese, less involved than the Europeans in the First World War, had to wait for the Second World War for the cataclysm that delegitimated their traditional lyricism.’
    • ‘He criticizes modern American culture as denying the possibility of valid non-rational knowledge, and so delegitimating important aspects of human experience.’
    • ‘Similarly, claims to scientific authority by technical experts associated with industry delegitimate opposition by laypeople who lack their credentials.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the instrumentalists and machine cultists seem to be winning, further delegitimating the worthiness and utility of critical thinking.’
    • ‘Since war cannot be done perfectly, then either you want people to fight but to keep it to themselves like a dirty secret or you want to delegitimate all war.’
    • ‘Reframing problems of ethno-racial division as issues of law enforcement automatically delegitimates any attempt at collective resistance and redress.’
    • ‘In addition, psychology of women in general, and feminism in particular, continue to be explicitly and implicitly derogated and delegitimated within psychology.’
    • ‘By working past the fog of State deception to penetrate to the truth, the Revisionist works to delegitimate, to desanctify, the State in the eyes of the previously deceived public.’

Pronunciation

delegitimate

/ˌdiːlɪˈdʒɪtɪmeɪt/