01. Some scams appear quite [legitimate] at first.
02. You must have a [legitimate] excuse for missing an exam.
03. A government cannot be considered truly [legitimate] unless it is democratically elected.
04. You must have a [legitimate] excuse for being absent from class or you will lose marks.
05. The United Nations has questioned the [legitimacy] of the government, due to widespread reports of election fraud.
06. The United States was very effective in its use of the United Nations to [legitimize] the war in Kuwait.
07. Poverty and oppression, however rationalized, are endured not because people agree on their [legitimacy], but because they are enforced by those who benefit from them.
08. Your concerns regarding this business deal are quite [legitimate], given past problems with that company.
09. My grandfather never liked to talk about his childhood because he was [illegitimate], and was quite ashamed about it.
10. The leader of the military coup is hoping for recognition as the official head of state by neighboring countries in order to [legitimize] his position.
11. Because the political elite is the only elite that requires a popular mandate, its decisions have greater [legitimacy] than those of the other elites.
12. Max Weber defined the state as an association that successfully claims a monopoly on the [legitimate] use of force within a given territory.
13. Martin Luther King, Jr. once remarked that the sweltering summer of the Negro's [legitimate] discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
14. In my opinion, bicycle lanes on our roads [legitimize] the bicycle as a means of transportation in our cities.
15. In 1819, not one of the seven sons and five daughters of King George III had a single [legitimate] child who could inherit the Empire's throne.
16. King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, had an [illegitimate] daughter, Elizabeth, who eventually ruled England for 45 years.
17. We ask parents to phone the school or send a note to the office to excuse [legitimate] absences.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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