right /'rīt/ n [Old English riht, from riht righteous]
1 a: qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval
b: something that is morally just
able to distinguish right from wrong
2: something to which one has a just claim: as
a: a power, privilege, or condition of existence to which one has a natural claim of enjoyment or possession
the right of liberty
that all men...are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable right sDeclaration of Independence see also natural right
b: a power, privilege, immunity, or capacity the enjoyment of which is secured to a person by law
one's constitutional right s
c: a legally enforceable claim against another that the other will do or will not do a given act
the defendant may be under a legal duty...to exercise reasonable care for the plaintiff's safety, so that the plaintiff has a corresponding legal right to insist on that care — W. L. Prosser and W. P. Keeton
d: the interest that one has in property: a claim or title to property
— often used in pl.
a security interest is not enforceable...and does not attach unless...the debtor has right s in the collateralUniform Commercial Code
leasing mineral right s see also real right
e pl: the interest in property possessed (as under copyright law) in an intangible thing and esp. an item of intellectual property
obtained publishing right s
3: a privilege given stockholders to subscribe pro rata to a new issue of securities generally below market price
right·ful /-fəl/ adj
right·ful·ly /-fə-lē/ adv
of right
1: as an absolute right
2: demandable or enforceable under the law
appeal of right to the circuit courts of appeal — L. H. Campbell

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (correct) adjective aboveboard, accurate, equitable, ethical, fair, honest, honorable, in accordance with duty, in accordance with justice, in accordance with morality, in accordance with truth, legitimate, reasonable, righteous, rightful, scrupulous, truthful, unswerving, upright, upstanding, valid, veracious, virtuous II (direct) adjective absolute, exact, immediate, straight, straightaway, straightforward, undeviating, unswerving III (suitable) adjective accepted, admissible, allowable, appropriate, apt, conventional, customary, fit, fitting, orderly, perfect, proper, reasonable, recognized, satisfactory, seemly, suitable, valid, virtuous, well-done, well-performed, well-regulated IV (entitlement) noun authority, authorization, due, fair claim, heritage, inalienable interest, ius, iusta, just claim, justification, legal claim, legal power, legal title, ownership, power, prerogative, privilege, sanction, stake, title, vested interest, warrant associated concepts: absolute right, accrued rights, Bill of Rights, claim of right, color of right, Constitutional right, contingent right, established right, exclusive right, future right, inchoate right, incorporeal right, inherent right, marital rights, material rights, mineral rights, natural rights, permissive right, preemptive right, preferential right, prescriptive right, prima facie right, proprietary right, prospective right, reciprocal rights, right of action, right of entry, right of privacy, right of redemption, right of way, right to bear arms, right to counsel, right to jury trial, right to vote, right-to-work laws, riparian rights, substantive right, vested rights foreign phrases:
- Assignatus utitur jure auctoris. — An assignee is clothed with the right of his principal
- Nul charter, nul vente, ne nul done vault perpetualment, si le donor n'est seise al temps de contracts de deux droits, sc. del droit de possession et del droit de propertie. — No grant, no sale, no gift, is valid forever, unless the donor, at the time of contract, has two rights, namely, the right of possession, and the right of property.
- Non videtur vim facere, qui jure suo utitur et ordlnaria actione experitur. — He is not considered to use force who exercises his own right, and proceeds by ordinary action.
- Nemo plus juris ad alienum transferre potest quam Ipse habet. — No one can transfer to another any greater right than he himself has.
- Cui jus est donandi, eidem et vendendi et concedendi jus est. — He who has the right to give has also the right to sell and to grant
- L'ou le ley done chose, la ceo done remedie a vener a ceo. — Where the law gives a right, it gives a remedy to recover.
- Ubl jus, ibi remedlum. — Where there is a right, there is a remedy.
- Non debeo melioris conditionis esse, quam auctor meus a quo jus in me transit. — I ought not to be in better condition than he to whose rights I succeed
- Nemo potest plus juris ad allum transferre quam Ipse habet. — No one can transfer a greater right to another than he himself has.
- Jus publicum privatorum pactis mutari non potest. — A public right cannot be changed by agreement of private persons.
- Nullus jus alienum forisfacere potest. — No man can forfeit the right of another.
- Neminem laedh qui jure suo utitur. — He who stands on his own rights injures no one.
- Cujus est instituere, ejus est abrogare. — Whose right it is to institute anything, may also abrogate it.
- Qui jure suo utttur, nemini fach injuriam. — One who exercises his legal rights, injures no one.
- Ignorantia juris sui non praejudicat juri. — Ignorance of one's right does not prejudice the right,
- jus triplex est, – propietatls, possessionis, et possibilhatis. — Right is threefold – of property, of possession, and of possibility.
- Nullus videtur dolo facere qui suo jure utitur. — No one is considered to have committed a wrong who exercises his legal rights.
- Cuilibet licet juri pro se introducto renunciare. — Any one may wave the benefit of a legal right that exists only for his protection
- Qui prior est tempore potior est jure. — He who is first in time is first in right
V (righteousness) noun correctness, due, duty, equitableness, equity, evenhanded justice, excellence, fair treatment, fairness, good actions, good behavior, goodness, honor, integrity, justice, justness, merit, morality, morals, nobleness, principle, probity, propriety, rectitude, rectus, straight course, truth, uprightness, verus, virtue, worthiness foreign phrases:
- FlatJustitia, ruat coelum. — Let right be done, though the heavens fall
- Ipsae leges cuplunt ut jure regantur. — The laws themselves are desirous of being governed by what is right.
- Jus et fraus nunquam cohabitant — Right and fraud never dwell together
- Jus naturale est quod apud homines eandem habet potentiam. — Natural right is that which has the same force among all mankind.
- Pacta privata furl publico derogare non possunt. — Private compacts cannot derogate from public right
- Jus est norma recti; et qulcquld estcontra normam recti est injuria. — Law is the rule of right; and whatever is contrary to the rule of right is an injury.
- Lex est norma recti. — Law is the rule of right
- Quid sit jus, et in quo consistit injuria, legis est deflnlre. — What constitutes right, and what injury, it is the business of the law to define
- Jus ex injuria non oritur. — A right does not arise from a wrong
VI index accurate, actual, allowable, applicable, appropriate, birthright, capacity (authority), cause of action, certain (positive), condign, cure, dominion (absolute ownership), droit, due, eligible, emend, equitable, equity (share of ownership), ethical, exact, factual, fairness, fit, fix (repair), franchise (license), honest, intangible, interest (ownership), juridical, just, justice, liberty, license, licit, option (contractual provision), patent, possession (ownership), prerogative, prescription (claim of title), privilege, proper, propriety (appropriateness), qualification (fitness), real, reasonable (rational), rectify, rectitude, redress, remedy, repair, rightful, share (interest), sound, stake (interest), suitable, title (right), true (authentic), truth, undistorted

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Correct; just or fair.
A power or privilege; authority to do something; a legal, equitable, or moral entitlement to something; an individual liberty. See also bill of rights, civil rights, privacy

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) Just, fair, correct.
2) An entitlement to something, whether to a concept like justice or due process, or to a legally enforceable claim or interest — for example, an ownership interest in property.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. What is proper and correct under the law, ethics, and/or moral code; something owed a person because of a just claim; a protected and recognized interest; a negotiable option to buy a new issue of stock at less than market pricing; a claim or interest in tangible or intangible things.
@ right of entry
The right to go upon land or into a dwelling.
@ right of redemption
The right to reclaim property previously sold or encumbered, by paying full value plus any interest and costs.
@ right of way
The right of one vehicle to pass before another, as in "the car to the right at a four-way stop sign has the right of way"; the right to pass over the property of another,
=>> easement; a piece of land upon which a railroad may construct its tracks.
@ riparian rights
As to owners of land adjacent to waterways, the right to use of the water, the soil under the water, and its neighboring land structures, such as banks. Generally refers to the right of a property owner whose land includes a natural waterway to use that portion of the waterway as may pass through his land, in whatever way the property owner chooses to.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

In an abstract sense, justice, ethical correctness, or harmony with the rules of law (See rule of law) or the principles of morals. In a concrete legal sense, a power, privilege, demand, or claim possessed by a particular person by virtue of law.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

In an abstract sense, justice, ethical correctness, or harmony with the rules of law or the principles of morals. In a concrete legal sense, a power, privilege, demand, or claim possessed by a particular person by virtue of law.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) n. an entitlement to something, whether to concepts like justice and due process or to ownership of property or some interest in property, real or personal. These rights include: various freedoms; protection against interference with enjoyment of life and property; civil rights enjoyed by citizens such as voting and access to the courts; natural rights accepted by civilized societies; human rights to protect people throughout the world from terror, torture, barbaric practices and deprivation of civil rights and profit from their labor; and such U.S. constitutional guarantees as the right to freedoms of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition.
   2) adj. just, fair, correct.
   See also: civil rights, marital rights

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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