legal right

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n legal right a right based in law
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Usage

In literature:

The greater part of the land now occupied was in the hands of people who had no legal right whatever to it.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
This restriction of course applies to Members of Congress, as well as to those officials who have the legal right to draw books from the library.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Many Americans have obtained mines in my country to which they have no legal right.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
He said that he had no legal right to me and that he loved me too dearly to stand in my way.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman" by Pauline Lester
Surely a man has a legal right to a wrong opinion!
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
My uncle Jonathan had no more legal right to take it away from me than you have to take the coat off my back.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
That Parliament had the legal right to tax the colonies was not seriously questionable.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
It is chiefly concerned with human conduct in relation to law, and its aim is to determine what is legally right and just.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
They were well intended at the time, but long afterwards weakened in a legal point of view the free miners' rights.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
He saw it from his ships; but he did not make any attempt to settle it, and thus establish a legal right to the soil.
"Stories of New Jersey" by Frank Richard Stockton
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In poetry:

A slave is—what?
A perfect naught,
Shorn of his legal right;
And then compelled
To work, he's held,
The remnant of his life.
"What Is A Slave?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
A lifer's is a fearful fate;
It wrings the heart of me.
And what a saving to the State
A sudden death must be!
Doomed men should have the legal right
To end their plight.
"Gentle Gaoler" by Robert W Service
Besides all this, a hoary sage,
A highly honored legal chief
Just passing from this earthly stage,
Gave this as his profound belief:
"Blacks have no rights, not life except, Which bind the white man to respect."
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Avoiding the payment of restitution through legal battles is within their rights, even expected.
Gay couple, who fought for legal right to marry in early '70s, still together.
The federal trial courts that heard the cases all ruled the act violates the civil rights of legally married gays and lesbians.
Other detainees, however, are held without charges and their legal right to challenge their detention remains blocked.
Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng (right) arrives at Washington Square Village more.
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The right to vote is at the center of legal battles underway in states across the country.
But what are your legal rights and responsibilities.
While you might perform all the day-to-day tasks of a biological parent, stepparents have no legal rights or responsibilities when it comes to their stepchildren.
If a divorce occurs, the stepparent has no legal right to custody of the child.
Attorneys Michael F Hupy and Jason F Abraham traveled to Madison in January 2011 to oppose the new law that would severely restrict the legal rights of victims injured in automobile accidents.
The Magna Carta may have helped establish the right to protection against unlawful legal detention, but that doesn't mean it can't be held in New York a little longer than expected while Europe resolves its travel woes.
Microchips the size of a grain of rice, programmed with all manner of data and inserted just under your skin and it's all completely legal and government approved and it's happening right now.
But bringing the detainess to the US will likely broaden their legal rights.
MSHA chief Joe Main says the agency strongly encourages miners to exercise their legal rights and maximize their involvement in monitoring working conditions.
Artist's sketch shows alleged Sept 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed , right, speaking with a member of his legal team during a hearing at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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