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have a/the right to (something)

To have the just or legal permission, privilege, or authority to have or own something. Everyone has a right to food, shelter, and water, but unfortunately, not everyone in this country gets them. I have the right to my own opinions, so don't try to tell me how to think!
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have a right to

Have a just or legal claim on something or on some action, as in The accused has a right to legal counsel. The related have the right to is often used with infinitives, as in You have the right to remain silent. [Late 1300s] The antonym, dating from the mid-1600s, is have no right to, as in He has no right to push you aside. Also see in the right.
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The Constitution protects the press because citizens have the right to know what their servants in government are doing.
Without limiting the Liquidation Preference, the holders of the Series A Shares have the right to participate with the holders of the Company's Common Stock upon the occurrence of a liquidation event, including the Company's merger, sale of all or substantially all of its assets or a change of control transaction, on an as converted basis.
The Purchase Agreement provides that the holders of the Series A Shares shall have the right to vote as part of a single class with all holders of the Company's voting securities on all matters to be voted on by such security holders.
In addition, management and shareholders of Solovision will have the right to designate two nominees for election to Ocean's board of directors (with Ocean having the right to designate two nominees and the fifth nominee to be mutually agreed upon by Ocean and Solovision).
The Series A Preferred shares will not accrue dividends and will have the right to convert to the company's Class A Common shares.
Waterford will have the right to vote all of the Series A Preferred shares and will therefore initially control approximately 13.