right to (something)

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right to (something)

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*(a) right to something

 and *(the) right to something
a privilege or license to have something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I have the right to have the kind of house I want. You have a right to any house you can afford.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
That readiness will not weaken in me, but I and Russia have a right to expect from you all the zeal, firmness, and success which your intellect, military talent, and the courage of the troops you command justify us in expecting.
6015(e) and (h)(2) provide that the nonelecting spouse has a right to intervene in a proceeding properly before the Tax Court, while the nonelecting spouse only has a right in participate before the agency; in either case, notice must be provided.
Surely a nation, or at least a state, has a right to use military force in national defense in the same way that an individual who is attacked has the right to kill in self-defense.
The state administrative process generally consists of a single hearing before the agency, or an evidentiary hearing at the local level with a right to appeal to a state agency.
2702(b), a qualified interest is (1) one that consists of a right to receive fixed amounts payable not less frequently than annually (a qualified annuity interest); (2) one that consists of a right--payable at least annually--to receive a fixed percentage of the trust corpus's net fair market value, determined annually (a qualified unitrust interest); and (3) a right to receive a non-contingent remainder interest if all the other interests in the trust are qualified annuity or unitrust interests (a qualified remainder interest).