But it is an unusual right: one which confers not entitlement benefits or other government-granted goodies, but responsibilities.
But still it confers some advantages over the newer, flashier techniques that have come to dominate over the last two decades.
It confers protection under the law to those who have lacked it.
Clearly, money—having it, what it confers, what it means—is different when you have lots of it.
Nevertheless, his idealistic request for wife and mistress to be present confers symbolic legitimacy on both.
It is only strict precision of thought that confers 25 facility of expression.
I know the happiness it confers upon you to be able to do what you have done.
It confers important civil rights and attributes which could not otherwise be claimed.
This it is that "gives him immortality," and confers upon him the dignity of manhood.
The soul of a thing is its underlying permanent reality—that which gives it its meaning and confers upon it its attributes.
1530s, from Middle French conférer (14c.) "to give, converse, compare," from Latin conferre "to bring together," figuratively "to compare; consult, deliberate, talk over," from com- "together" (see com-) + ferre "to bear" (see infer). Sense of "taking counsel" led to conference. The meaning "compare" (common 1530-1650) is largely obsolete, but the abbreviation cf. still is used in this sense. Related: Conferred; conferring.