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birthright

[burth-rahyt] /ˈbɜrθˌraɪt/
noun
1.
any right or privilege to which a person is entitled by birth:
Democracy maintains that freedom is a birthright.
Origin of birthright
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; birth + right
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birthright

/ˈbɜːθˌraɪt/
noun
1.
privileges or possessions that a person has or is believed to be entitled to as soon as he is born
2.
the privileges or possessions of a first-born son
3.
inheritance; patrimony
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Word Origin and History for birthright
n.

also birth-right, 1530s, from birth (n.) + right (n.). Used as an adjective from 1650s, especially by Quakers.

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