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Terms / Themes


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from the Oxford English Dictionary:

I. That which is considered proper, correct, or consonant with justice, and related uses.

2. Something proper for, or incumbent on, a person to do; one's duty.

3. a. That which is consonant with justice, goodness, or reason; something morally or socially correct, just, or honourable.

b. The fact or position of having justice, reason, or fact on one's side. Chiefly in to have right

II. Legal, moral, or natural entitlement, and related uses.

    8. Legal entitlement or justifiable claim (on legal or moral grounds) to have or obtain something, or to act in a certain way; the advantage or profit deriving from this. Now chiefly in to have as much (little, more, etc.) right

9. a. A legal, equitable, or moral title or claim to the possession of property or authority, the enjoyment of privileges or immunities, etc.; (by extension) an entitlement considered to arise through natural justice (whether or not enshrined in legislation) and which is applicable to all members of a particular group.

b. A legal, equitable, or moral entitlement to something.

g. In pl. A title or authority to perform, publish, film, televise, or otherwise disseminate a particular work, event, etc. Cf. COPYRIGHT

11. With possessive adjective or genitive: a person's (also in extended use, a thing's) entitlement or claim to something, now esp. political or civil privileges or liberties. Now usu. in pl. (freq. in rights of man, rights of woman (also women); women's rights.