have a/the right to (do something)

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have a/the right to (do something)

To have the freedom or the just or legal permission, privilege, or authority to do something. I think we sometimes take it for granted that we have the right to say whatever we want without fear of reprisal by the government. As her father, I have a right to spend time with my daughter!
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It also constrains the national discourse surrounding our expectations for humane treatment during chronic or terminal illness, for this discourse now is contorted by a jurisprudence wedded to the strange oxymoronic slogan that we have a right to die--suggesting improbably that, some how, we have the right to do something that we cannot escape.