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About Rights

23/03/17 About Rights

About Rights

“Right” is a very rich and interesting term. Let’s find out lots of things about it:
  • right adj.
VERBS be, feel, look, seem, sound, taste
The meat doesn’t taste right to me. | come, turn out I’m sure it’ll all turn out right in the end. | get sth He never gets anything right. | make sth It may be a very easy way to make money, but that doesn’t make it right.
ADV. absolutely, dead, exactly, just, quite
You’re dead right. There’s nothing we can do. She needs to get everything exactly right for her guests. There’s something not quite right about these figures. | almost, more or less, nearly Don’t worry about it?that’s more or less right.
PREP. about
You were quite right about the weather.
  • right noun
1 what is morally good
PREP. in the ~ (= having justice and truth on your side) There’s no doubt that he’s in the right on this.
PHRASES have right on your side I appealed against the decision because I knew I had right on my side. | know right from wrong Children of that age don’t know right from wrong. | right and wrong She doesn’t understand the difference between right and wrong. | the rights and wrongs of sth We sat discussing the rights and wrongs of the prison system. 2 entitlement
ADJ. basic, fundamental, inalienable the basic rights of all citizens | absolute, perfect I’ve got a perfect right to park here if I want to. | equal | exclusive, sole | full | automatic Any employee who is sacked has an automatic right to appeal. | animal, human animal rights campaigners human rights violations | legal, statutory | contractual | moral You have a moral right to that money. | civil the civil rights movement | gay, women’s | parental The local authority exercises parental rights over the children until foster homes are found. | squatters’ The teenagers claimed squatters’ rights and were allowed to remain in the building. | pension | voting | divine, god-given the old idea of the divine right of kings I suppose you think you have some god-given right to tell me what to do?
VERB + RIGHT enjoy, have, retain They have no right to come onto my land. | assert, claim, demand | know You can’t do that to me?I know my rights. | establish The new president undertook to establish full rights for all minorities. | stand up for You should stand up for your rights and insist that he pays you. | reserve I reserve the right to leave at any time I choose. | gain, get | confer on sb, give sb, grant sb We were granted the exclusive rights to produce the software in the UK. | extend The government extended voting rights to everyone over the age of 18. | exercise | enforce The landlord enforced his right to enter the property. | abdicate, give up, relinquish, renounce He renounced his right to the throne. | waive They gave me my uncle’s money, on condition that I waived all rights to his property. | forfeit, lose | defend, protect, safeguard | acknowledge, recognize, respect | affect, infringe These additional guarantees do not affect your statutory rights. | deny sb | abolish
PREP. as of ~, by ~ The property belongs to her by/as of right. | by ~ of The Normans ruled England by right of conquest. | within your ~s You’re acting entirely within your rights. | ~ of the right of assembly/asylum/citizenship/free speech/ownership | ~ over He claimed full rights over the discovery. | ~s for equal rights for all | ~ to Do I have any right to compensation?
PHRASES have every right She has every right to feel bitter. | right of way There is no public right of way across the fields.

3 rights: legal authority/claim to sth
ADJ. film, movie, television | translation | foreign | property | mineral | grazing
VERB + RIGHT acquire, buy, get, obtain | sell He sold the film rights for $2 million. | have, hold
PHRASES all rights reserved (= protected or kept for the owner of the book, film, etc.)

4 right side/direction
VERB + RIGHT take Take a right at the traffic lights.
PREP. from the ~ Look out for traffic coming from the right. | on the ~ Ours is the first house on the right. | to the ~ Keep over to the right.
PHRASES the first/second, etc. right Take the first right, and then it’s the second turning on your left. | from left to right/from right to left The books are numbered from right to left.

5 the right: in politics
ADJ. extreme, far
PREP. on the ~ He’s on the extreme right of the party.

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