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[burth-rahyt] /ˈbɜrθˌraɪt/
any right or privilege to which a person is entitled by birth:
Democracy maintains that freedom is a birthright.
Origin of birthright
First recorded in 1525-35; birth + right Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was of the make that wears unbending hope as its birthright.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It is our birthright as citizens of this great Republic, and we'll meet this challenge.

  • ESAU, an ancient who sold his birthright for a mess of breakfast food.

  • Was she without that delicate sensitiveness which is the birthright of all nice women?

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • They stand for that which deprives these children of their birthright.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for birthright


privileges or possessions that a person has or is believed to be entitled to as soon as he is born
the privileges or possessions of a first-born son
inheritance; patrimony
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Word Origin and History for birthright

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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