Rights

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Definition

(human) rights: (human) justice and freedom, civil liberties; entitlement, authority
noun
You are within your rights. It's quite correct for you to take that action.
civil rights the rights that each person has in a society, whatever their race, sex or religion

to have the right: to be allowed, to be permitted (to do something)
idiom
I have the right to know the truth. You owe it to me to tell me what happened.
You have no right to insult me like this. Your behavior is absolutely unacceptable.

Examples

  • "Nigel Pilkington : Mr. Delavigne, I would like the right to distribute your perfumes in my stores."
  • "Just because she is dressed a certain way doesn't give you the right to make her feel uncomfortable."
  • "You have the right to remain silent."
  • "Should any submissions be accepted for the ad, a waiver must be signed by the artist giving the company rights to feature it."
  • "Police : Do you understand your rights as I've explained them to you?"
  • "The Democrats are also sometimes called 'liberals', which originally referred to their strong support of individual rights and liberties."
  • "Leonard : The May Day march is our chance to demand better rights as workers, and Bruno is standing in our way!"
  • "'The May Day protesters are calling for a reform of the US immigration policy, universal health care, improved workers' rights and an end to all wars instigated by the US."
  • "Unless this contract is signed (in duplicate) by tomorrow, we will be forced to withdraw our 2.5 million dollar offer for the branding rights."
  • "Nigel Pilkington : I am prepared to pay top dollar for the right to sell your perfumes."

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