Definition of legitimation in US English:

legitimation

noun

  • See legitimate

    • ‘But this isn't the same as popular legitimation.’
    • ‘On the contrary, even leftist commentators are lamenting its lack of legitimation.’
    • ‘What exactly are the mechanisms and institutions of legitimation?’
    • ‘The absence of UN legitimation of this exercise, as I've said many times in the past, has never been the central issue.’
    • ‘The effect was to confer a quite new level of political legitimation on Berlusconi.’

Pronunciation

legitimation

/ləˌdʒɪdəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n//ləˌjidəˈmāSH(ə)n/