legal right


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Noun1.legal right - a right based in law
right - an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature; "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights"; "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people"- Eleanor Roosevelt; "a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"
compulsory process - the right of a defendant to have a court use its subpoena power to compel the appearance of material witnesses before the court
conjugal right - the right of married persons to the enjoyment of association and sympathy and confidence and domestic happiness and the comfort of living together and eating meals at the same table and profiting from joint property right and the intimacies of domestic relations
conjugal visitation, conjugal visitation right - the legal right in a prison for the inmate and spouse to have sexual intercourse
preemption, pre-emption - the right of a government to seize or appropriate something (as property)
claim, title - an established or recognized right; "a strong legal claim to the property"; "he had no documents confirming his title to his father's estate"; "he staked his claim"
eminent domain - the right of the state to take private property for public use; the Fifth Amendment that was added to the Constitution of the United States requires that just compensation be made
enfranchisement, franchise - a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
patent right - the right granted by a patent; especially the exclusive right to an invention
right of election - in probate law: the legal right of a surviving spouse to elect to take either what the deceased spouse gave under the will or the share of the estate as set forth by statute
right of entry - the legal right to take possession of real estate in a peaceable manner
right of re-entry - the legal right to resume possession (a right that was reserved when a former possession was parted with)
right of offset - (banking) the legal right of a bank to seize deposited funds to cover a loan that is in default
right of privacy - a legal right (not explicitly provided in the United States Constitution) to be left alone; the right to live life free from unwarranted publicity
seat - the legal right to sit as a member in a legislative or similar body; "he was elected to a seat in the Senate"
enjoyment, use - (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat"
usufruct - a legal right to use and derive profit from property belonging to someone else provided that the property itself is not injured in any way
visitation right - the right granted by a court to a parent (or other relative) who is deprived of custody of a child to visit the child on a regular basis
copyright, right of first publication - a document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work
land tenure, tenure - the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands
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Swear to me, then, never to let them put a crown upon your head unless you have a legal right to the crown.
While the strict legal right may exist in the government to enforce the exercise of these offices, the attempt to do so would be so irritating, and so nearly impracticable withal, that I deem it better to forego for the time the uses of such offices.
For it must be remembered that this was a dark period; and in spite of venerable colleges which used great efforts to secure purity of knowledge by making it scarce, and to exclude error by a rigid exclusiveness in relation to fees and appointments, it happened that very ignorant young gentlemen were promoted in town, and many more got a legal right to practise over large areas in the country.
This testimony, so long as I live, and so long as my descendants have any legal right in my books, I shall cause to be republished, as an appendix to every copy of those two books of mine in which I have referred to America.
When I saw you ill-used on the farm that day I was nearly mad to think that I had no legal right to protect you--that I could not have it; whilst he who has it seemed to neglect you utterly
These demons have her in their toils; legal right, might, power, money, and every influence are on their side.
Our husbands would really forget our existence if we didn't nag at them from time to time, just to remind them that we have a perfect legal right to do so.
The very patronymic you are so civil as to use when addressing me I have no legal right to--but what of that?
Gentlemen, you will admit that if you have the legal right to find fault with the chamber and the administration you must at least do so elsewhere than in this office.
We found in the last paper, that mere declarations in the written constitution are not sufficient to restrain the several departments within their legal rights.
Your legal rights are not above suspicion, my friend," replied Tarzan, "and your power to enforce your commands are only apparent--not real.
Just half of patients are aware of their legal right to choose a hospital or clinic for an out-patient appointment, a new poll of 2,700 patients found.
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