a/the right to (do) (something)

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a/the right to (do) (something)

An established moral or legal permission, privilege, or due claim. You have the right to say whatever you want, but you don't have the right to have people respect or listen to what you say. I have a right to this land! It's been owned by my family for generations.
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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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*(a) right to do something

 and *(the) right to do something
the freedom to do something; the legal or moral permission or license to do something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; You don't have the right to enter my home without my permission. I have a right to grow anything I want on my farmland.
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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 ?
Is it one object of a bill of rights to declare and specify the political privileges of the citizens in the structure and administration of the government?
A liability is recognized for outstanding options based upon the fair value as the Company is a mutual fund corporation and there are retraction rights to the share conditions attached to the common shares.
How would you explain the Bill of Rights to a visitor from a country that has no such protections?
In fact, it will come with the denial of rights to all those who cannot defend themselves."
The BLM has shown blatant contempt for the court's rulings by continuing to rent some of my range and water rights to third parties.
Predictably, neither right nor left is eager to subject its selectively cherished rights to the will of the majority.
By adding women's rights to the bill in 1964, Southern Congressmen hoped to keep which of these from becoming law?
Therefore humans invented those legal rights to create a desired result: a government that is less likely to become repressive.
The government typically receives only standard license rights to use the software, software documentation, or technical data in certain limited ways and only if the proper data rights clauses are in the contract.
In the United States, rights to resources are determined by state and federal law.
A right to welfare sounds out of place in a world in which a Democratic president has successfully campaigned to "end welfare as we know it." Admittedly, advocates of constitutional welfare rights did not merely; or even primarily, mean the right of single unemployed mothers to receive government stipends; they had in mind a broader set of rights to protect basic "welfare" in the general sense of human needs.
We are here to fulfill the responsibility bestowed on us by the people of our nations to stand up for the principles that men and women everywhere hold dear--the universal and inalienable rights to life, liberty, and security of person.
In each case, the privacy notices did not inform patients about how to exercise their rights to prevent access to their medical records under state statutory and common law.
Thus, he is led to ask, "How can it be that natural rights, prominent on the very surface of the Revolution, can yet plausibly be denied by eminent scholars and politicians?" In defense of his position, he offers two citations before comparing the English Declaration of Rights to the American Declaration of Independence.