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right

noun
 
 
/raɪt/
[C or U] someone who has the right to something, or the right to do something, is allowed to have it or do it, often legally or officially: have a right to sth Everybody has a right to equal treatment.have the right to do sth Shareholders have the right to vote on the appointment of a new CEO. She is a leading campaigner for consumer rights. workers'/employment rights human/civil rights voting/property rights
rights [plural] LAW if a person, company, or organization has the rights to something, they are legally allowed to buy, sell, broadcast, etc. that thing: If the group loses the court case, it will lose its exclusive rights to broadcast live games. distribution rights film/TV/broadcasting rights licensing/marketing rights
all rights reserved LAW a phrase used to show that a particular person or particular people own the rights to a book, film, etc.
rights [plural] STOCK MARKET new shares in a particular company that have become available for existing shareholders to buy: The company made a rights issue of one new share for every four held.
→ See also ex-rights, grandfather rights, inalienable right, moral rights, patent right, pension rights, performing rights, pre-emption rights, property rights, proprietary rights, stock right
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